The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI may have been saved from the chopping block, but at least one Mitsubishi sports coupe is on its final dregs and will soon ride off into the sunset. For the record, the Eclipse, has been one of our favorite Japanese sports coupes in recent times so it goes without saying that we’re pretty bummed out that the line will officially end after the 2012 model year.

On that note, Mitsubishi has prepared a new mode of the Eclipse, called the ’Eclipse SE’ to give the car the proper send-off it deserves. Slated to be the last Eclipse model to be built, the Eclipse SE comes with some new details and features to make the last one a pretty memorable one, too.

Make no mistake, it’s a sad time to be a Mitsubishi Eclipse fan, but as the scribes always used to say, “all good things must come to an end”. And if this is the send-off that Mitsubishi is giving to their once-beloved sports coupe, then we expect the car sell like ice cream on a hot summer day.

Details on the Mitsubishi Eclipse SE after the jump.

  • 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE
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  • Engine:
    3.8-liter V6 engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    265 horsepower
  • Torque @ RPM:
    262 lb/ft of torque
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Exterior and Interior

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE High Resolution Exterior
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To give the Eclipse a proper send-off, Mitsubishi is introducing a special edition trim package for the sports coupe. The package is going to be available for both the coupe and spyder versions of the car and will come with HID headlights, black side mirrors, special edition badging, a set of 18” alloy wheels, heated leather seats, a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity.


2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE High Resolution Exterior
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On top of the aesthetic package, the Eclipse SE will also come with two engine options: a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with 162 horsepower and 162 lb/ft of torque and a more powerful 3.8-liter V6 engine with 265 horsepower and 262 lb/ft of torque.


2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE High Resolution Exterior
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No word yet on how much the 2012 Eclipse SE is going to cost, but at least we know that it won’t be any less than the $19,499 base price the standard 2012 Eclipse comes in.


2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE High Resolution Exterior
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Sentimentally speaking, there’s something really appealing about a car model that’s on its last legs. So for that purpose, it seems appropriate to send off the Eclipse against a car that, if Mitsubishi played it right, should have been the Eclipse’s competition all this time: the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

But alas, the two cars couldn’t be any more different today, the MX-5 Miata has never been stronger, even recently celebrating its 900,000th built model. In terms of performance, the Eclipse and the MX-5 are similar in a lot of ways in that they both have engines - 2.4-liter four cylinder engine and a 2.0-liter four cylinder, respectively - that are on the same level as one another. Similarly, the output - 162 horsepower for the Eclipse / 167 horsepower for the MX-5 - are also close to one another.

But what Mazda did was market the MX-5 so beautifully that it has lasted the test of time. It’s a car that can be considered an ’icon’ of its generation for not only lasting this long - 22 years since it was born in 1989 - but for still being as popular today as it once was back in time.

While the Eclipse still had its fare share of popularity over the years, Mitsubishi’s steady decline in the past few calendars has relegated the Eclipse into a generational sports car, enjoyed by a certain demographic, but lacking the timeless appeal that a Mazda MX-5 Miata can boast of.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE High Resolution Exterior
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  • Leave it
    • Mitsubishi could’ve done more for the model
    • Won’t be missed by some people
    • More powerful engine would’ve been nice
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  (599) posted on 05.29.2012

They have improvised its figure, and now it’s looking more sophisticated.

  (526) posted on 03.9.2012

Mitsubishi is famous for their Eclipse model. They didn’t lose the contour at the rear part of the car and they added more class on it.

  (473) posted on 02.29.2012

Being one of the best cars that performed great output, Eclipse SE will come in engine options like four-cylinder engine and V6 engine. This is the last Eclipse that we will witness, and it’s a must-have as a remembrance.

  (531) posted on 01.25.2012

This Mitsubishi Eclipse SE showcased a great and amazing appearance compared to other Mitsubishi cars. It’s attractive sporty interior will surely be a big hit to the customers.

  (328) posted on 01.20.2012

Very classy and decent looking exterior, but I am not satisfied with its performance. Since it is the last edition of Eclipse, people will surely be interested to see this one.

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

Yeah! I must agree with them the output is not really for an impressive car. So, I must also say .. "Farewell Eclipse" but I appreciate this car.

  (449) posted on 11.28.2011

Well, it is more a nice way to end the production of Eclipse if they use a more impressive and powerful engine on this one. Anyway, I’m quite satisfied already with its simple exterior detailing.

  (599) posted on 11.16.2011

Eclipse SE is already very attractive on its aesthetic design, but I don’t think that the engine output of it, would only be good enough for this. Anyway, I am hoping also that it could have an impressive interior.

  (474) posted on 10.26.2011

For a coupe, I can say that this Eclipse SE of Mitsubishi had the simplest platform and detailing, but I must say that it is still quite impressive for it had a decent and hygienic appearance.

  (342) posted on 10.18.2011

I’m disappointed on its poor engine, but surely it really had an impressive and a stunning appearance, but I hope that they should enhance the engine that it has and I am wondering also if what will be the interior of this one will look like.

  (374) posted on 10.16.2011

Eclipse is really looks so luxurious on its sleek body paint and impressive interior touch. It looks so cozy and comfortable on its features. Is it already on the market? I would love to see this one in person.

  (256) posted on 10.11.2011

I love the decent appearance of this Eclipse, and even though it only had a simple platform design, I still find it oozing with an appeal and I think the V6 engine that it had that can only deliver 265 horsepower is just enough for this one.

  (398) posted on 10.6.2011

I have to agree with them, it really had an impressive and classy looks but in able to say it that it is really a sports car they must also focus on the engine or figure performance of their car.

  (503) posted on 09.28.2011

Very decent white Mitsubishi Eclipse SE. Take note the exterior feature of SE simply precise. Pretty sure how marketable this one.

  (580) posted on 09.1.2011

Eclipse is one of the old style of mitsubishi but the price of this car is so crazy

  (9) posted on 08.26.2011


  (595) posted on 08.1.2011

I wonder why is it in competition with a convertible car. By the way, since it is the last edition of Eclipse, people will consider this one even if it does not a wonderful output. Farewell Eclipse!

  (830) posted on 07.29.2011

I must agree with the other comment, It really have an impressive and elegant looks but to be able to say it that it is really a sports car they must also focus on the engine performance of their car.

  (647) posted on 07.4.2011

Too bad that they have focused on beautifying this car and it seems that they forgot to boost the power of this car! And I agree that Mitsubishi should offer a eco-friendly car.

  (368) posted on 07.4.2011

I like the decent looking of this car and the white paint job makes it more elegant. However, its kind of disappointing that the performance of this car is not that impressive. I guess an aftermarket version would help.

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