Currently reading: Mitsubishi to bring Eclipse to the UK
Front-wheel-drive, 260bhp coupe could be here this summer
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9 February 2007

The latest generation of Mitsubishi's American-built Eclipse will be sold in the UK before the end of the year, Autocar has learned. The front-wheel-drive three-door liftback coupe wasn't to have a future on this side of the pond, but after a change of tack at Mitsubishi, it's now due to go on sale this summer.

The change of heart is attributable to a switch of personnel at the head of the company's European HQ. Mitsubishi's previous boss was not a fan of the Eclipse, but the (relatively) new boss, Briton Tim Tozer, reckons it worth importing, especially at today's advantageous exchange rate.

History suggests that he may have a point. Aspiring UK performance car fans don't just know Mitsubishi for its Lancer Evo saloons; there will be many who remember the mid-90s turbocharged 3000GT with fondness, and also a significant number of drivers who liked the company's evocative FTO coupe (which is also a front-driver) enough to buy a grey import model from Japan.

In the US, the Eclipse is available with a choice of 260bhp six-cylinder or 160bhp four-pot petrol power, and a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. It's not yet clear which drivetrains will be offered in the UK.

Richard Bremner


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15 September 2019

This company always do better than other companies and provide some quick designs of cars. As per the research of they are going to lunch their new model soon with high features.

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