Eclipse

1995

Eclipse

Built by Mitsubishi Motors North America, the second-generation Eclipse, which went on sale in the United States in June 1994, was imported into Japan and launched on the domestic market in June 1995. It shared the platform of the seventh-generation Galant that had undergone a full model change in 1992. Although the lineup included a 4WD model in the United States, in Japan, the Eclipse was available only in a front-engine/front-drive configuration. In its latest iteration, the Eclipse sported a body that was 55 mm wider than its predecessor and was crafted with sleek lines and softly rounded surfaces that gave it a very energetic appearance. Well received for its futuristic cab-forward design and its wide and low road-hugging proportions, it continued to sell well in the U.S. The interior employed a wrap round cockpit with the center console angled toward the driver and with the dashboard and door trim looking as though they were formed in a single molding. The driver's sport bucket seat featured 6-way adjustment for optimum hold and comfort. The Eclipse was powered by a 2.0 L intercooled turbo engine which boasted a maximum output of 230 PS and with its all-round multi-link suspension delivered outstanding driving dynamics with a firm but pliant ride. May 1996 saw the launch of the Eclipse Spyder with a power operated soft top that could be opened or closed in just 10 seconds at the touch of a switch.

Overall length 4395 mm
Overall width 1745 mm
Overall height 1295 mm
Engines 2.0 L turbo