Eagle Summit

Eagle Summit

Eagle Summit (1989–1996) is a rebadged Mitsubishi Mirage. Eagle Summit joined the Dodge Colt and Plymouth Colt in Chrysler's Mitsubishi Mirage clone club starting in 1989, coinciding with the release of the Mirage's third generation. It lasted through the extent of the Mirage's fourth generation, which ended in 1996. The somewhat related Eagle Summit Wagon (which was a compact MPV) ran from 1992-1996 and was based on the Mitsubishi Expo LRV.

Following Chrysler Europe's collapse in 1977, and the sale of their assets to Peugeot, the Dodge British and Spanish factories were quickly passed on to Renault Véhicules Industriels, who gradually re-branded to Renault the range of vans and trucks through the 1980s, eventually dropping the products altogether and using the plants to produce engines in the UK and some real Renault truck models in Spain. Dodge would not return to the UK until the introduction of the Dodge Neon SRT-4, branded as a Chrysler Neon, in the mid 1990s.

Dodge is now part of DaimlerChrysler AG, based in Stuttgart. As of 2005, the Dodge brand has become known primarily for its trucks, which account for 78% of the division's sales. Dodge is attempting to change this with the introduction of the new Dodge Charger and the forthcoming Dodge Challenger.

The Dodge marque will also be promoted in Europe. Currently, the Dodge Viper GST and the Dodge Caliber are the only Dodge-branded vehicles in that market, but DaimlerChrysler is begun to heavily advertise the brand's Dodge Nitro model with a image.

After discontinuing the Eagle brand in 1998, Chrysler was planning to expand the Plymouth line with a number of unique models before the corporation's merger with Daimler-Benz AG. The first model was the Plymouth Prowler, a modern-day hot rod. The PT Cruiser was to have been the second. Both models had a similar grille, showing that Chrysler was intending to take a retro styling route with the Plymouth brand. Other than the Prowler, at the time of the takeover Plymouth had no unique products that were not also available in the Dodge line. Furthermore, whereas all Plymouth dealers also sold the Chrysler line of cars, many Dodge dealers sold only Dodge; thus it would cause much more dealer disarray to discontinue Dodge than it would to discontinue Plymouth. Consequently, DaimlerChrysler decided to drop the make after a limited run of 2001 models. The last new model sold under the Plymouth marque was the second generation Neon for 2000-2001. The PT Cruiser was ultimately launched as a Chrysler, and the Prowler and Voyager were absorbed into that make as well. The Plymouth Breeze was given new life as the Chrysler Sebring sedan.

  • 1989: Summit was born as a sedan in DL and LX trim, both with an 81-horsepower 4-cylinder engine.
  • 1990: A stripper base model and a range-topping ES model were added, the latter having a 123-horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder shared with the Dodge Colt GT.
  • 1991: Mitsubishi transplanted the 1.6-liter engine from all Chrysler derivatives into the Mirage GS, again stranding the Summit with only the 1.5-liter engine, though this engine got a boost from 81 to 92 horsepower this year thanks to 4 additional valves (12 total). The Summit also gained a 2-door hatchback body style, which, like the sedan, was available as a base or ES. A 4-speed automatic transmission replaced the 3-speed on sedans, and all models got a new grille in front and all-caps decklid badging in back.
  • 1992: The Summit Wagon joined the line, available in DL, LX, and AWD trims.
  • 1993: The new Summit adopted the new Mirage's larger and lighter body, curvier styling, mutlilink rear suspension, and new engines. Like the new Mirage and Colt, the Summit came in sedan and coupe form, and like Dodge and Plymouth, Eagle used the trim lines of DL and ES. The ES sedan was the only one to get a 113 HP 1.8-liter engine; the rest used a 92 HP 1.5-liter. The automatic transmission for 1.8-liter cars had 4 speeds instead of 3.
  • 1994: All Summits got a driver's side airbag, replacing one of the motorized seatbelts. The DL sedan was rebadged LX and inherited the 1.8-liter engine, which was now an option for the ES coupe. The ES sedan upgraded to much-needed 14-inch wheels.
  • 1995: All Summits got a passenger's side airbag, replacing the other motorized seatbelt, and the ES trim line got renamed ESi. More significantly, the 1994 demise of both Colts left the Summit as the only remaining Mirage clone, and 1994's cancellation of the Mirage sedan left the Summit as the only 4-door offering.
  • 1996: Summit entered its last year with new fabrics and colors.

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