CHICAGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. (MMSA) today unveiled retooled models of the Eclipse Coupe and Eclipse Spyder convertible at the 2002 Chicago Auto Show. Mitsubishi Motors used the reveal to showcase the improved style and enhancedperformance that will help define Eclipse for the 2003 model year, while celebrating the significant rol Eclipse plays in defining the Mitsubishi Motors brand identity.
"The Eclipse has been the flag-bearer for Mitsubishi since its introduction in 1989," said Pierre Gagnon, president and chief operating officer of MMSA. "For 13 years, the car's unparalleled style and exhilarating performance have perfectl captured what it means to look and feel alive."
The best selling import sports coupe for the last decade, Eclipse has undergone an evolution, as has its customer base. Today's generation of Eclipse, first introduced in 2000, has matured mechanically from the turbocharged, tech-laden offerings of the past. Eclipse has evolved into a refined grand touring car that now embraces style and comfort to complimen its exhilarating performance. During each incarnation, the Eclipse received numerous accolades fromthe automotive press and driving enthusiasts alike. This latest generation, designed to appeal to the broadest consumer audience while still maintaining its pedigree for superior performance, has proven to b the most successful.
Chicago served a fitting stage for introducing the new and improved Eclipse models, as both are assembled at Mitsubishi Motors' manufacturing operation in nearby Bloomington/Normal Ill.
For 2003, Eclipse receives a new front fascia, while headlight and tail light treatment help add more aesthetic appeal to a handsome design. With the addition of a new GTS trim line, extra power lands under the hood with a new 210 horsepower, variable intake, 3.0-liter V6. The Eclipse Spyder GT is lso equipped with the same engine and more aggressive final drive ratio of the GTS (4.01:1 for A/T, 4.1:1 for M/T). The Eclipse GT and GTS ride on new 17-inch wheels, while the GS receives its own stylish16-inch design. The GTS package's standard equipment represents the desirable list of options available on the Eclipse.
On the inside, the 2003 Eclipse offers an optional 210-watt, 6-CD in dash system with steering wheel mounted controls available on premium models. An updated cockpit features a restyled gauge display, and a choice of two new interior color themes: midnight or sandblast. The midnight theme mxes a predominantly black interior with dark blue accents while the sandblast fuses black with taupe seats and taupe accents.
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc., was established in 1981 by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Tokyo, and markets a full line of vehicles, including coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles. Its Web site can be accessed at http://www.mitsubishicars.com
i wish they would bring back the Turbo versions...