Bringing a futuristic concept to life in a powerful way, Mitsubishi Motors
introduced its next-generation Eclipse sporty coupe at the 2005 North
American International Auto Show. The 2006 Eclipse shocks the senses,
featuring an eye-catching bold design and dynamic performance enhancements
that take the nameplate's legendary status among import sport enthusiasts to
new heights. Mitsubishi integrated refined power, futuristic styling and
dynamic handling in the fourth-generation Eclipse to appeal to both upscale,
affluent consumers and younger drivers who exhibit a passion for driving and
life every day.
The Legend Lives On
"Since its introduction in 1990, the Eclipse has
captured the minds and hearts of countless import sport coupe buyers
yearning for a fun vehicle to drive, without compromising style or
sophistication," said Rich Gilligan, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors
The fourth-generation model promises to do the
same. Its energy is fueled by a muscular disposition and design cues coupled
with more power, superb handling prowess and smooth ride characteristics.
Drivers are wrapped in a sleek, revolutionary cockpit that personifies
Mitsubishi's commitment to innovation and functional design. The vehicle is
expected to be available in showrooms by mid-2005.
Eclipse design engineers were charged with creating
a vehicle with a smooth, organic feel, but with aggressive design cues that
clearly identified it as a Mitsubishi product. The result is a muscular look
that is sure to turn heads, exuding both attitude and sophistication. The
underlying structure is shrink-wrapped with a clean tight skin, giving the
Eclipse a distinctive athletic look. An arched roofline and flexed surfaces
exude energy that just begs someone to drive the vehicle.
An integrated rear spoiler is standard on Eclipse
GS and GT models and its wedged, teardrop shape gives the vehicle an even
more aggressive look. Sporty air intakes and a single oversized, stainless
steel tailpipe (GT) add more attitude. A split grille, techno head and tail
lamps with chrome surfaces and clear lenses cap the vehicle's sex appeal.
The new Eclipse features an exciting, modern
exterior color palette aligned with Mitsubishi's global color direction, in
addition to feature colors designed to enhance the vehicle's identity. These
include UV Blue and Rotor-Glow Pearl.
Power and Performance
The 2006 Eclipse enjoys several power and
performance enhancements designed to raise the adrenaline levels of driver
and passengers alike. The Eclipse GT features the most powerful V6 engine in
its class, and both Eclipse GS and GT models feature MIVEC (Mitsubishi
Innovative Variable timing and lift Electronic Control) engine technology.
With the aid of variable valve timing, engine performance is optimized
throughout the power band with improved low-speed torque and high-rev power.
Emissions also were reduced as the Eclipse GS now is classified as an
Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV). Both powerplants provide strong
off-the-line acceleration and passing power, building driver confidence and
boosting the fun-to-drive quotient.
The new Eclipse features a highly rigid body that
for the first time implements a flat-shape, stamped cross member structure.
Combined with a wider track, the rigid construction significantly improves
handling and stability without sacrificing ride comfort. A front MacPherson
strut and low-mount multilink rear suspension provide a flat ride with
nimble and articulate handling, while an increased suspension stroke
improves traction and reduces harshness on uneven road surfaces. Front and
rear stabilizer bars are standard, helping keep all four corners fixed to
the road and increasing feedback to the driver. Vented front and rear brakes
(GT) allow for better heat dissipation. The Eclipse comes with standard
17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and seven-spoke, 18-inch premium wheels are
available on the GT trim line.
Sporty Yet Sophisticated Interior
Step into the new Eclipse and enter into the future
of cockpit form and function. High back sport seats with aggressive bolsters
and integrated headrests position the driver in front of a four-spoke
steering wheel and stylized instrument panel akin to a floating wave. Its
soft-touch feel gives the instrument panel an even more upscale appearance.
Motorcycle-inspired gauges backlit in Ice Blue complement the instrument
panel, providing an aggressive edge.
Three distinct interior color schemes are available
to match driver tastes: a Techno-Sports (charcoal) is targeted toward the
youth market and influenced by active wear products; a Hi-Q (medium gray)
theme is geared toward technology-savvy consumers; and an Avant-Garde (terra
cotta) theme is for sophisticated drivers with a flair for interior design.
Mitsubishi's new Eclipse GT continues the
nameplate's legacy as the epitome of performance and style in the import
sport coupe segment. It features a 260-horsepower, 3.8-liter, 24-valve MIVEC
engine that produces 260 pound-feet of torque. The GT trim level includes
the choice of a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission with
Also available on the Eclipse GT is a premium sport
fabric interior and the Premium Sport Package. It includes a power glass
sliding sunroof, heated leather front seating surfaces, auto climate
control, heated side view mirrors and electrochromatic rearview mirror,
aluminum pedals, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 235/45 R18 tires, and
the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system.
Mitsubishi Motors and Rockford Fosgate have teamed
up to offer a high fidelity/high output audio system for the 2006 Mitsubishi
Eclipse. A leader in aftermarket car audio systems for 25 years, Rockford
Fosgate offers Eclipse buyers their aggressive "Punch" sonic signature,
delivering dynamic output with high impact bass. The Eclipse's optional
premium audio system features 650-watt amplification with nine-speakers
including a 10-inch, long-throw subwoofer in a fiberglass reinforced,
bass-reflex-enclosure. The six-disc, in-dash CD changer plays MP3 files on
CD-Rs. In addition to the usual bass, midrange, treble, fader, and balance
controls, the Eclipse's advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP) gives the
user total control over the subwoofer "punch" level. It offers custom music
genre equalizer settings and sound field image settings including: Normal,
Stage, Live, and Hall. The Rockford Fosgate system also offers an
industry-first DSP sound setting memory function that allows users to
configure all eight DSP settings and save them in six preset locations for
their favorite CDs, artists, or music genres.