A Look into the Past: The History of the Mitsubishi Eclipse

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse | Lafayette, LA
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The Mitsubishi Eclipse is no longer in production, but it’s still a beloved model for fans like us at Hampton Mitsubishi. Let’s look back through the history of the Mitsubishi Eclipse and how it became one of our favorite Mitsubishi models.

The first-generation Eclipse arrived in the United States in 1990. It was designed at the Mitsubishi Motors North American Design Studio and manufactured at the brand’s plant in Normal, Illinois – but was anything but normal.

This first Eclipse established the model’s performance-ready power with an available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produced 195 horsepower and had a zero-to-60-mph time of just under seven seconds. Named after an 18th century English racehorse, this sportscar had precise handling, a smooth ride, and spirited acceleration, making it a fun-to-drive option.

As the years passed, the Eclipse’s popularity continued to increase. It combined function, technology, and beauty to make it a true driver’s car. Mitsubishi eventually decided, though, to focus toward meeting environmental targets around the world, and announced the discontinuation of the Eclipse to focus on investing more in developing battery technology.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder | Lafayette, LA
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

With this announcement, Mitsubishi gave it one last hurrah, creating a final special-edition Eclipse. The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Special Edition had distinctive badging, a leather interior with contrasting stitching, and a choice of two engines – a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 162 horsepower or a 3.8-liter V6 that pumped out 265 horsepower.

Even though it’s no longer produced, you can find pre-owned versions of the Eclipse or new inventory of the more updated crossover version of this model, the Eclipse Cross, here at Hampton Mitsubishi.