Mitsubishi to Unveil 2007 Eclipse Spyder, New MIEV Concept in Detroit

Mitsubishi released advance sketches today of its 2007 Eclipse and a new, small electric-car concept that it will reveal at the Detroit auto show in January. The Spyderized version of the Eclipse coupe, redesigned for 2005 appears to resolve some of the coupe's design tension — with a top-down look that's more satisfying than the hardtop (at least from the side, and with those obligatory low-low profile meats). Both GS and GT trim lines will be offered, each with a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio system. The company also notes the cabrio will have "a few other surprise features usually reserved for high-priced convertibles and cabriolets." How many guesses?

The Concept CT is a hybrid-drive, B-segment car designed at the company's Cypress, Calif. design center. It sports the same In-wheel Motor Electronic Vehicle (MIEV) technology, introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in the form of a Lancer Evo. The company says the CT "provides a glimpse into the future of next-generation hybrid powertrain vehicles."

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