The sporty Mitsubishi Eclipse is all new for 2006. Longer, taller and wider than its predecessor, the 2006 Eclipse is carved from a solid new foundation, with a stronger, more rigid platform, according to Mitsubishi. Its fresh exterior distinguishing itself with athletic fender arches, wind tunnel-inspired front fascia and long, arching C-pillar. The four-passenger, two-door coupe is powered by either a fuel-sipping four-cylinder or torquey V-6 engine, available with manual or automatic gear boxes. Inside, there's a new sculpted dash, fresh fabrics, and an available 650-watt audio system.
Originally introduced in 1990, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was the first car spawned by the Chrysler-Mitsubishi partnership. Today's new Eclipse is far more refined than its older brethren, and is available in two trim levels: base GS and the performance-oriented GT. The GS derives power from a 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine developing 162 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque, driving the rear wheels through a standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The Eclipse GT comes standard with a 3.8L V-6 engine rated at 263 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to either a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic shifting or a new 6-speed manual. The automatic features fully adaptive shift control that "learns" driver inputs and tailors transmission operation to their habits. All Eclipses are equipped with advanced front air bags, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags. Pre-tensioning seat belts with force limiters and ABS-assisted brakes with electronic brake force distribution also are standard equipment.
Standard features on the Eclipse GS include remote keyless entry with trunk opener, solar-control glass, height-adjustable driver's seat, power windows and door locks, eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, 50/50 split fold-down rear seatback, sport fabric interior, a 140-watt, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, and electronic air conditioning. Opting for the GT adds the V-6 engine, a front strut tower bar, parabolic fog lamps, a larger muffler, and the V-6 is dressed in a red rocker cover with the "MIVEC" logo. Options for the GS include a Sun & Sound Package that includes a power-sliding sunroof, center display with outside temperature and compass, eletrochromatic rearview mirror, and a premium 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system featuring nine speakers, digital signal processor, steering wheel audio controls, and a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer with MP3 playback capability. The GT option list includes a Premium Sport Package. The package provides a power glass sliding sunroof with sunshade, power driver's seat, heated leather seating surfaces, auto climate control, heated side view mirrors and electrochromatic rearview mirror, aluminum pedals, 18-inch lipless aluminum alloy wheels with 235/45R18 V-rated tires, and the 650-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse competes in the Midsize Sporty segment against six other models, where such go-fast competitors as the Pontiac GTO, Ford Mustang, and Mazda RX-8 vie for consumers who want fun in their daily drives.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment is dominated by the best-selling Ford Mustang (160,975 sales in 2005), followed by the Toyota Solara (56,900) and Chevrolet Monte Carlo (33,562). The Mitsubishi Eclipse ranked fourth on the sales chart for 2005 with 24,487 units sold.
|GS||5 speed manual||$19,399||162-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||23/30|
|GT||6 speed manual||$23,699||263-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||18/27|