Brent Co / Mitsubishi Media Services | May 17, 2008 00:00
Diamond star sports coupeThe Mitsubishi Eclipse has been in production since 1989 for most left-hand drive markets namely, the US, Canada, Taiwan and the Philippines. The fourth generation Mitsubishi Eclipse was released in 2006 in the US market, and was the first time the car does not share a platform with Chrysler. In previous generations the Eclipse was also released as the Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser. The new Eclipse is based on the mid-size front wheel drive Mitsubishi PS platform, which it shares with the Endeavor and Galant.
The design flow of the Eclipse follows that of a similar front end styling of Mitsubishi vehicles released in 2005 and 2006 with major emphasis on the three-diamond logo. The whole body has a very aerodynamic rounded shape. Wheels fitted in the premium package are 18-inch 7-spoke alloys, which further accentuate the sporty shape of the car.
Inside the car is a very space age looking instrument panel as well as controls. They are all accented with blue led lights. Although useless in our climate, the premium package also comes with heated bucket leather front seats and side mirrors. The driver's seat is also 6-way power adjustable. Other added comforts are an automatic dimming rear-view mirror, and a power sunroof. To add to the sporty driving feel are alloy pedals. In-car entertainment comes in a Rockford Forgate audio system with nine speakers, which delivers clear sound and deep bass with its trunk-mounted subwoofer.
Steering is very responsive, and translates quite well to cornering at speeds. This would be attributed to its well-tuned suspension and good grip from the 18-inch sport compound road tires. Ride comfort is more on the sporty side, and should be expected with how the car handles.
Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of producing a maximum of 260hp, and 260lbs-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. As you start the engine, it produces a nice throaty rumble thanks to its sport exhaust system. Engine response is actually quite good on acceleration, and the torque curve is very linear.
If you're seriously looking for a two-door sports coupe, the Eclipse is surely something to consider for 2.5-million pesos. Although a good sports car to have, it is a front wheel drive, and most performance enthusiasts would consider getting the new Lancer Evolution X instead which is in the same price range.