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History of the Mitsubishi Eclipse | Beckley, WV


The first-generation Eclipse was built at a plan in Normal, Illinois was first introduced for the 1990 model year. It was available with all-wheel drive and even earned a post on Car and Driver’s 10 Best List for four years in a row.


In 1996, during the second-generation of the Eclipse, Mitsubishi added a soft-top convertible model called the Eclipse Spyder. It came with either a 4G64 normally aspirated engine or the Mitsubishi turbocharged 4G63 engine.


The Eclipse entered its third generation for the 2000 model year. It features two new powertrain options and offered drivers a softer, more comfortable ride.


This year saw the introduction of the Eclipse GTS trim. It came with an impressive 3.0-liter V6 engine and amped up the Eclipse engine power to 200 horsepower. This model was part of the third-generation Eclipse.


The 2006 Eclipse was the start of the model’s fourth and final generation. The year before, Mitsubishi created an E-boost concept that won the prestigious 2005 Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for its bold design that broke automotive trends at the time.


In 2011, Mitsubishi marked the end of the era with the last Eclipse. It was a Special Edition model painted Kalapana Black. This final model was auctioned off for $35,000 and the proceeds went to help victims affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. At the end of its production, Mitsubishi had made 906,876 Eclipse models.

Today, the Eclipse name lives on in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross — the stylish new crossover available at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. Stop into our showroom to see what the new Eclipse Cross has to offer.

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