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This is not just rumormill, this is rumors of hints and suggestions made by anonymous people. Just last week we wondered whether Mitsubishi's Concept-RA would lead to a new -- and proper -- Eclipse. What Car? went further, and although citing nothing more than "insiders," said that the red zinger "could be a forerunner for a new Eclipse coupe, which could go on sale in Europe."

True, that's a lot of coulds. But it wasn't so long ago that the Eclipse was an object of desire, and there can't be any doubt that Mitsubishi would love to see those days return -- especially after watching rival Nissan revive brand lust by slowly reinjecting its products with feeling.

Mitsubishi's attempt to mainstream the Eclipse robbed it of the fan base it had and yet didn't grow a new one. We suppose the questions, as always, would be money and the business case, but we for one would love to see Mitsu do that car, right there, in the picture above, as the new Eclipse. If they could get enough other people behind it, we wouldn't be surprised if they did. (Hint: that means it's time to tell them what you think. The comments box is waiting. Europeans are welcome.)

[Source: What Car?]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree there are hints of Audi R8 mixed with EVO X styling cues. Mitsu should build this car using the EVO platform with the same engine and S-AWC. An Evo coupe wouldn't necessarily cannabalize EVO X sedan sales. It would appeal to a different demographic that doesn't want or need the utility of the 2 extra doors and backseats. Market the coupe as a true sportscar as opposed to a super sedan. I would buy an EVO but I don't like sedans and never use the rear seats in my eclipse. If they do build this car it should be labeled as a 3000gt because with all the borrowed EVO technology the price would likely place this in the mid 30k range. The general public is not going to pay those kind of prices for an eclipse but history shows buyers were willing to pay it for the 3000gt Vr-4 (it had the longest production run in the u.s. of the 90s japanese supercars RX-7,300zx, supra,etc.).
        • 7 Years Ago
        not to mention tt 3000gt sold for $40
      • 7 Years Ago
      The design sketch looks awesome. The hints of Audi R8 in the front end are right on!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a mitsubishi truck, So I can attest to buying mitsubishi products, I would be on board for a new eclipse with this design, and a turbo four with all wheel drive like the eclipse of the early to late ninties. Give it a 2.5 liter 4, with 350 to 375 horsepower, and position it above the evolution.
      1g Eclipse
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this car is awesome, i hope they call it the new eclipse, they could even offer all the variations of it as they did through the 89-94 years with 5 diffrent trim lines, awd turbo, fwd turbo, fwd n/t , and a base single cam for todays rising gas prices, so you can impact all types of people , the awd could be more expensive into the mid 30k range with the fwd even lower say the high 20k n so on, say for someone who likes the look but isnt interested in a speed demon , can shoot for a single cam and spend like 18 grand, just like when the car first came out , appeal to all types of peoples interest dont focus on one thing , i kno they can do it , they have there hands in everything , construction , food products, tvs and vcr/dvd players ,i also hope they dont through a clunky v6 in it either ... that was for the 3kgt , if anything they should put a revised 6g72 tt motor instead of this n/t v6 ?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Europe?! cmon, they gotta build that here. put a nice evo 2.0L Turbo in is...pure sex!
        • 7 Years Ago
        true, they should build it here. With the dollar so low they'd kill selling it in the Euro zone. Not to mention they'd have no excuse to sell it here too :-D
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this car would not only bring in Eclipse fans and new customers (maybe also those who want an Audi R8 lookalike for less money), but it would also bring in those fans of the original Subaru Impreza WRX 2-doors, as Subaru stopped manufacturing them and this could certainly fill that gap.

      Hopefully they'll offer gas and diesel variants...
      • 7 Years Ago
      European checking in! I certainly like the general form and the engine showing is a very nice touch, certainly worth keeping in the final form.

      Two things worry me about it though. They'll probably end up pricing it too high for it to become very popular, even if they don't the only affordable model will be the FWD boring version.

      The other worry will be that they'll give it a big thirsty V6 when European taxation is moving towards taxing cars with high CO2 output.

      What I'd like to see is something that's reasonably priced with small turbo 4 gas and diesels. And make the structure so light that those engines combined with the AWD system make it a rocket.

      But yeah, the form factor is certainly very nice though, hopefully they don't mess it up in the final cut. OTOH most Mitsubishi designs of late have been very nicely done, so I guess that's not something to fear.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A turbo 4 would probably be the answer. It would be light, small in size, powerful, and here in the US a diesel is not well recieved. (unfortunantly) The masses here are not as well informed as Europeans are as to the pluses of diesel. There is a market for a stylish small sports car here, if it is reasonably priced. Younger people would perhaps be the largest market target, and they usually have less money, so price is important. I hope they build it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Figures. It'll probably be RWD or AWD, put out about 300 hp and weigh less than 3000lbs. Can't really complain about getting stiffed though, since it's not domestic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is no reason for Mitsubishi to hang around, with a design like that Mitsubishi would be a real contender again, this car is Hot.

      They should also bring us other Cars and Trucks they sell in Europe, Believe me people you'd be amazed how different they are, No Boring restyled Dakota PU, there's looks better than Toyota's.

      Wake Up Mitsubishi, America Needs you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I agree. I miss the old Mitsubishi cars, Eclipse Turbo's and Twin Turbo 3000Gt's. Come back Mitsu, come back!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a modern variant of the old Eclipse GS-X with the turbo motor and all wheel drive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree a new GSX would be nice. But if Europe ends up getting it instead of US that wouldn't be so nice
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still have a '90 turbo sitting in my garage (ok so it is the Plymouth variant, I did not want the add on spoilers & such)
      Mitsu needs to make it what this car was in its day, fairly light weight, SMOKING HOT for the price, and the price was quite low. For $14.500 I got a car that only a 5.0 Mustang could match. From there it was triple the money or more, for a Corvette or Porsche if you wanted to out run me.
      Additionally I average 30 mpg with it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's a lot they can do if they use the old EVO MR AWD drive train. Only thing is they dont want to make the Ralliart Lancer obsolete by making this car too powerful, so a detuned EVO motor with weaker internals would give itself a spot Mitsu's product spot.

      They really dropped the ball on the current gen eclipse. One prototype actually had all that I described, because that's what everyone wants, AWD and an evo motor.
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