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Mitsubishi Says Goodbye to Eclipse, Endeavor

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The once-loved Mitsubishi Eclipse has reached the end of the line. On Monday, the Japanese automaker announced it would stop production of the sporty two-door, along with its midsize Endeavor SUV, later this summer.

But before production stops for the Eclipse – available as either a hatchback coupe or a ragtop convertible dubbed the Eclipse Spyder – Mitsubishi does have one more trick up its sleeve. To celebrate the car’s long life, the automaker will offer a feature-packed 2012 Eclipse SE model, which will be loaded with unique graphics, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery with heated front seats, a rearview camera, and – for coupe buyers – a sunroof. The SE will only be available with the model’s 162-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but buyers looking for more muscle can still opt for the V6-powered Eclipse GT.

A special edition hasn’t been announced or reported for the Endeavor, but it’s likely most buyers won’t miss it. The automaker sold less than 4,300 examples of the midsize SUV during 2010, despite a mid-year update for 2011 models. That makes the Endeavor just a drop in the bucket compared to the Honda Pilot, one of the segment’s top sellers, which typically sees sales of more than 6,000 units in a single month.

Dropping the two models leaves just Mitsubishi’s midsize Galant sedan to carry on alone at its Normal, Illinois, manufacturing facility, currently the automaker’s only production site in the United States. But the lull won’t last long, as Mitsubishi says it will quickly retool the factory to produce its new Outlander Sport crossover, with an expected output of around 50,000 units annually.

The plant, which has been used by the automaker since 1985, has produced the Eclipse since its inception in 1989. Originally a joint venture with Chrysler, Mitsubishi took control of the plant in 1991, bringing output to a peak of just over 222,000 units in 2000 – a number which has been steadily declining ever since. In 2008, the plant churned out less than 60,000 cars.

A release date has not yet been announced for Mitsubishi’s new Eclipse SE, though we expect to already see it hitting dealers before production ends in August, with a starting price in the low-$20,000 range.

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