First released 15 years ago, the Mitsubishi Eclipse has been the franchise model of the Mitsubishi but has not always generated enough sales. The previews generation “geo-mechanical” styling receives less attention as compared to other coupe in its class. Today, all hopes to take the dominance of Mitsubishi in sports compact coupe division with the launch of the all-new 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse are anticipated. Now in its fourth generation, the 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse rides of the Galant chassis platform in a coupe version. Set to hit the road in late spring this year, the 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse will be available in two trims and two new powertrain.
The new Eclipse feature a state of the art design, very unique to other vehicle of its kind. The exterior profile of the Eclipse presents a lot of tension inherent on the surface. “The designers who was developing it spoke a lot about a bow (like a bow and arrow… so even thought the car is standing still, it feels like it is just about to spring, ” said Dan Sims, the General Manager for Design Center. Another good this about the design is the “teardrop-shape” the Eclipse posses. The body starts wide moving the hip-like rear. The lean and mean exterior feature of the eclipse personifies the sporty, athletic, and well-crafted vehicle.
Under the hood lies the 3.8l V-6 engine also used by the Galant sedan, the most powerful in its class. The 6-speed manual transmission or Sportronic automatic transmission, traction control, and 18” alloy wheels adds to the power and beauty of the Eclipse. The 3.8l MIVEC V6 produces 262hp at 5,750 rpm as a result of variable valve timing and lift. Torque can reach as high as 260 pound-feet at 4,500 rpm. It can zoom from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.
The interior is amazing. The two-seater cockpit provides comfort in its leather cover. The uniquely beautiful, motorcycle adopted speedometer gives a different look in the dashboard. The Eclipse GT offers a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, complete with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3 playback. The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) surrounds you with an array of customizable sound settings served up by eight speakers with a 10-inch subwoofer.
The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse is fun to drive, extremely balanced, fast, beautiful, and cool vehicle. For more information about the Eclipse, or to shop for parts for other Mitsubishi vehicles, visit http://www.partstrain.com/ShopByVehicle/MITSUBISHI .
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.