Apparently, Mitsubishi has decided to give the Eclipse one last chance before deciding if the sports coupe will be dropped or not. For 2011, the sports car gets a new black painted roof, new design elements, and expanded equipment. Customers will have to choose from three trim levels: GS, GT, and GS Sport.

The new black painted roof pays tribute to the highly-successful original first-generation Eclipse Coupe that possessed a similarly dark-colored dome. For 2011, it also gets a ride height that has been lowered by over half an inch (15 mm) and a 12V accessory power outlet.

The 2011 Eclipse is powered by a 2.4-liter SOHC 16-valve normally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine that delivers 162 HP at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at an even 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a crisp-shifting 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment list includes: leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and side view mirrors, power driver seat, aluminum pedals, a strut tower brace, aluminum entrance sill and a tidy-looking clear lip spoiler.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Not only does the dynamically-styled and fun-to-drive 2011 Eclipse Coupe enter the new model year with enticing new design elements and expanded equipment for Mitsubishi’s outstanding sports car, but the Japanese auto manufacturer’s signature two-door model does so at the lowest price point ever for this generation of Eclipse.

Available in three trim levels - the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission-equipped Eclipse GS, the well-appointed mid-grade Eclipse GS Sport with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the top-of-the-line Eclipse GT and its enthusiast driver-oriented 5-speed Sportronic® automatic transmission with manual shifting capability - the Eclipse Coupe is produced right here in the United States alongside the company’s family-friendly Endeavor crossover SUV, the affordably-priced but remarkably well-equipped mid-size Galant luxury sports sedan, and the Eclipse Coupe’s top-down sibling, the Eclipse Spyder.

New for the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe

Black Painted Roof

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For 2011, the Mitsubishi Eclipse reveals its dark side. All Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe models - the base GS, the mid-grade GS Sport and the plush GT - now feature a very eye-catching greenhouse painted in black that is sandwiched between body-colored sheetmetal that stretches from the sweeping A- to C-pillars. This exciting new design element is not only aesthetically pleasing but pays tribute to the highly-successful original first-generation Eclipse Coupe that possessed a similarly dark-colored dome.

Ride Height Reduction

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe now sports a ride height that has been lowered by over half an inch (15 mm), giving this remarkable sports car a sharper-looking, lower-profile stance. This reduced vehicle ride height has the additional benefit of slightly decreasing the car’s aerodynamic drag, which helps to improve the Eclipse Coupe’s overall fuel economy.

12V Accessory Outlet

A handy new feature on the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe model lineup is the addition of a 12V accessory power outlet. Ideally situated in the center console, it allows for the convenient powering/recharging and access to popular portable electronic devices including an iPod® or a GPS navigation system.

Expanded No-Cost Luxury Amenities for the 2011 Eclipse Coupe GS Sport

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The mid-level 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Sport benefits from a richly expanded standard equipment package that receives numerous luxury upgrades with no additional increase to the car’s MSRP. This improved package includes leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and side view mirrors, power driver seat, aluminum pedals, a strut tower brace, aluminum entrance sill and a tidy-looking clear lip spoiler.

Curvaceous Coupe Design

There’s no doubt the current generation Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe has earned a solid reputation as a dynamic sports machine with a luxurious "attainable exotic" flair, but it is the car’s utterly unique styling that truly sets it apart from its competition.

The Eclipse’s very distinctive, curvaceous design theme is demonstrated most prominently in the car’s boldly arcing roofline and the flared fenders at all four corners of the vehicle. The car’s shapely rear end also exhibits a similarly pronounced, rounded flavor.

At the front, the blacked-out upper and lower grille sections that are bisected by an equally dark-colored front bumper insert look tall and imposing and give the 2011 Eclipse Coupe an aggressive, somewhat similar front fascia design to the signature smile of the company’s ultra-high-performance Lancer Evolution sports sedan and the dynamic, all-new Outlander Sport compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

Standard Luxury Features = Excellent Value Proposition

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All 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupes include a full complement of luxury amenities and features as part of a plentiful standard equipment package. Included items are a melodious 140-watt AM/FM/CD player with MP3 compatibility, 6 speakers and auxiliary audio input jacks; automatic headlamp shut off; anti-theft alarm system; cruise control; ice-blue LED illumination of the controls and instrumentation; air conditioning; remote keyless entry; tilt steering column with sport-wrapped leather steering wheel and power windows, side mirrors and door locks.

Standard exterior features on all 2011 Eclipse Coupes include halogen headlamps; sharp-looking 18-in. alloy wheels; dual exhaust outlets with polished tips; eye-catching, clear chrome LED tail lamps and 2-tone color-keyed bumpers.

Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Sport

The model with the most equipment/best price point is the very affordable mid-level 2011 Eclipse GS Sport model that adds additional standard equipment on top of the base model including high-intensity discharge (HID) projector-type headlamps; electrochromic rearview mirror with backup camera system; power sliding glass sunroof with sun shade; Bluetooth® hands-free phone system and an extremely powerful yet crisp-sounding 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium audio system with MP3 compatibility, 9 speakers (including a 10-in. subwoofer) and a pre-paid 3-month subscription to SIRIUS® satellite radio, along with the aforementioned expanded no-cost luxury amenities for the 2011 model year (leather seating surfaces; heated front seats and side view mirrors; power driver’s seat; strut tower bar; clear lip spoiler and aluminum entrance sill and pedals).

Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

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The premium-edition Eclipse GT adds all of the previous content plus an automatic climate control system.

Eclipse Powertrains: Capable and Efficient

Befitting the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe’s snazzy styling and sporty handling are two distinct available engines.

Powering both the Eclipse GS and the Eclipse GS Sport is a capable 2.4-liter SOHC 16-valve normally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine that makes use of Mitsubishi Intelligent Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) for maximum power production, fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions. Utilizing a cast-iron engine block and an aluminum cylinder head, this engine creates 162 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at an even 4,000 rpm; redline occurs at 6,500 rpm. The base model Eclipse GS features two available transmissions - a crisp-shifting 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic transmission - the mid-grade Eclipse GS Sport is equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission.

Eager and smooth-revving, this 2.4-liter four-cylinder powerplant gets the job done in fun and efficient fashion with a highway fuel economy rating of 28 mpg.

The premium Eclipse GT model, however, is an even better fit with Mitsubishi’s signature sports coupe as its included V-6 engine produces more than 100 horsepower more than the 4-cylinder unit - an excellent complement to the Eclipse’s well tuned chassis and vibrant steering feel. Producing a stout 265 bhp at 5,750 rpm and a full 262 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, the 3.8-liter SOHC 24-valve MIVEC-equipped 6-cylinder engine takes the fun-to-drive 2011 Eclipse Coupe to a whole new level of performance. Like its 4-cylinder cousin, this powerplant features a cast iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, but the Eclipse GT comes standard with an exotic transmission not available with the other models: a 5-speed Sportronic® automatic transmission that allows the driver to manually shift gears via the gearshift lever when so desired. Along with this Sportronic® automatic transmission, a lowered, more aggressively-tuned sports suspension makes the Eclipse GT for choice for the sporting enthusiast that truly enjoys driving.

Sophisticated safety technologies included at no additional cost

The entire Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe model lineup includes a wide array of sophisticated safety technologies to better protect driver and passengers that are included at no additional cost. These systems include an advanced supplemental restraint system (SRS) that consists of dual front air bags that feature dual action inflators with crash zone and seat position and occupant sensors; side air bags; curtain air bags; Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) and anti-lock brakes (ABS) plus Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

What do you think?
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  (714) posted on 11.18.2011

Eclipse looks like bald because on its roof! smiley Anyway, it looks very cute on that, and I must say that I’m so impressed with its over-all features, simple but very attractive! Anyway, what’s the engine specification of it?

  (600) posted on 11.16.2011

Eclipse is truly looking so attractive and very appealing on its exterior detailing, but I wonder if what will be the interior of it will look like? And I must say that I’m too disappointed on its engine.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

Well, this one is totally a complete package for me, for it only doesn’t have an impressive interior and exterior features, but it also had a very striking and awesome engine specification.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

Even though this Eclipse is really don’t have any elegant detailing and design, I can say that it is still very striking and looking so awesome in its simplicity and with its powerful engine.

  (530) posted on 10.28.2011

Sorry, but I didn’t see Eclipse simple, just like what others say. Well, for me it looks so classy and fancy that everyone would surely love to have, I just only hope that it also had an impressive interior.

  (374) posted on 10.17.2011

It only looks so simple, but I still find it very classy and luxurious on its sleek body paint, and I am also so fond with the decent appearance of this one but I’m quite curious on its interior features.

  (382) posted on 10.5.2011

Eclipse is very appealing despite of having a simple platform design and styling. The decent appearance of this car is also quite impressive and I noticed that it is much more a good-looking car in a color of red.

  (504) posted on 09.28.2011

The worth of this car, definitely fair enough as part of giving all its components and benefits of the car. Very high-end and automatic car in our generation.

  (858) posted on 09.23.2011

Eclipse had a very simple style and detailing but the appeal that it had been exaggerated. smiley I simply love the decent and sporty appearance of this car. I just hope that in real in life it had an impressive engine.

  (666) posted on 07.12.2011

The car is not attention-grabbing as you can see. It’s pretty simple. It appeared gorgeous due to its ravishing background. I do know that they can still sell a lot of this because of its brand however I’m looking forward for better design.

  (159) posted on 01.30.2011

The engine is mated to a crisp-shifting 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

kevin010  (41) posted on 12.8.2010

to make the eclipse be the nice car it should be... the interior shoud be similar to the evo X.. or the normal lancer... have 6 speed manual and 6 speed twin cluctch sst... and for the engine.. the 4 cylinder option, 2.4 liter engine(turbocharged).. the V6... should produce at least 350-400 hp

kevin010  (42) posted on 10.21.2010

i still say that the second generation eclipse is still the best of all eclipse that mitsubishi made

Uncia  (868) posted on 10.21.2010

What Mitsubishi needs to do to make this car viable is give the GT version the Lancer EVO’s powertrain. The Eclipse is practical, reliable, and it handles commendably, but a $30K sports car that’s beaten to 60 mph by the Camry and Altima is bound to fail, and few will buy it when you can get the much faster Mustang V6 for the same price or the nearly-as-fast Scion tC for ten grand less. This car is simply too slow for its market segment and its price tag.

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