• Feb 4, 2008
click either image for more shots of the updated 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishi has seen fit to bestow upon us a whole slew of new high-res images showing the updated 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT and Eclipse Spyder doing their groove thing on the road. As we mentioned last week when we previewed the vehicle, the styling changes are evolutionary and include a new front end housing a blacked-out trapezoidal grille that mimics the maw of the Lancer Evolution, as well as a blacked out rear apron where a new dual exhaust system peeks out that provides the car's V6 with another 2 horsepower and 2 ft-lbs. of torque for a grand total of 265 and 262, respectively. We actually dig the new grille and think it works well with the already established body style of the Eclipse, and more power is more power (i.e. a good thing). But it's tough to overlook the fundamental flaws of the Eclipse, which include being a heavy front-wheel-drive coupe that shares a lineage with a certain much-missed all-wheel-drive, turbo-four pocket rocket.

[Source: Mitsubishi]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Several cars have had that front fascia before the GTR. I am guessing Audi started the trend with the A6 a while back but the car nuts can correct me if I am wrong...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad someone decided to point that out....
      • 6 Years Ago
      As the saying qoes, "You can't polish a turd"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just dont get the V6. Now that there will be a detuned ralliart version of the evo, the eclipse should get fwd turbo4 power like the 90-91 Laser, FWD Only.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @FordPrefect

      Line? Are you kidding? Mitsubishi can't wait to get rid of these hunks of lead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      now it really does look like a Pokeymon!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know it has been said already but what a blatant rip of the GTR front fascia. I would rather applaud an auto maker for being less attractive and original than complete thievery. I can't get over it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not a really bad car, but it's also not a great one and it's chasing a market that imploded six years ago. People who want a coupe have either graduated to 50-Year-Old-Manager coupes like the Accord or Altima or 50-Year-Old-Senior-Executive stuff like the 6 or CLK, while the youth market has embraced more practical--bust just as fast--pocket rockets like the WRX, MS3 and GTI.

      The Eclipse doesn't get the free nostalgia pass that the Mustang does, either. That leaves it fighting the cheaper Tiburon for a vanishing slice of the market. It needs _something_ to help it stand out. It's a pity that the hybrid powertrain from the Concept-E never made production.

      I like the look of the car, but I could never justify it against something like a GTI, WRX hatchback or Mazdaspeed3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember when the eclipse was lightweight?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Everyone, say hello to Godzilla's FWD cousin!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Eclipse is the best-looking Japanese FWD anything I've ever seen. What's the price tag? And more importantly, where's the line so I can join it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is really a great looking car now. If you can stand the FWD, I see no reason not to like this car. In fact even though im not a big FWD fan, I think I am going to go test drive one when they come out.
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