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Mitsubishi Endeavor
2004-2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor -- 03-11-2011
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Production 2003[1]–present
Assembly Normal, Illinois, United States
Predecessor Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style(s) 5-door sport utility vehicle
Layout Front engine,
front- or four-wheel drive
Platform Mitsubishi PS platform
Engine(s) 3.8 L SOHC 24v V6
Transmission(s) 4-speed semi-auto
Wheelbase 108.3 in (2,751 mm)
Length 190.2–190.8 in (4,831–4,846 mm)
Width 73.6 in (1,869 mm)
Height 69.6–70.2 in (1,768–1,783 mm)
Curb weight 3,869–4,167 lb (1,755–1,890 kg)
Fuel capacity 21.4 US gallons (81.0 L/17.8 imp gal)
Related Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Galant
Designer Dave O'Connell

The Mitsubishi Endeavor is a mid-size crossover SUV built by Mitsubishi Motors at their manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois. Based on the PS platform, it was the first vehicle built under Mitsubishi's "Project America", a program aimed at introducing vehicles for North America without having to compromise to accommodate other export markets.[2]

Its design origins can be traced back to the Mitsubishi SSU which debuted at the 1999 North American International Auto Show, although the Endeavor does not share the concept's mechanical underpinnings.[3] The prototype was powered by a 305 hp (227 kW) version of the 6A13TT 2.5 liter twin-turbo V6, which directed the power to a full-time all wheel drive system through its INVECS-II five-speed semi-automatic transmission and AYC.[4] When the Endeavor debuted, it used the 6G75 3.8 liter V6 offering 215 hp (160 kW) (improved to 225 hp (168 kW) in 2004) and 250 lb·ft (339 N·m), mated to a four-speed semi-automatic transmission with an optional all wheel drive system that splits the torque 50/50 by default. It received a mild restyle for the 2006 model year.

Despite some reasonably favorable reviews on its release,[5] the Endeavor's performance in the marketplace failed to meet Mitsubishi's expectations. On its release in March 2003 the company aimed for 80,000 annual sales but achieved only 32,054 by the end of its debut year,[6] and sales have fallen every year since.

Mitsubishi did not produce any 2009 Endeavor models for the retail market. They did produce a 2009 model for fleet customers that are turning up as used, off lease vehicles. They share the exterior appearance with the 2010 model, however are equipped with cloth interior, and add bluetooth. For the 2010 model year, the Endeavor gets another facelift, with newer front and rear fascias. The 2010 Endeavor went on sale in June 2009. It only comes one way for 2010, lacking the navigation package of the 2008 Limited trim, and only coming equipped with leather seating. Also adds hands free bluetooth calling.

On April 25, 2011, it was announced that Endeavor production will end in August of 2011.[7]

Annual production and salesEdit

Year Production Sales (USA only)
2002 10 -
2003 48,987 39,181
2004 19,448 20,920
2005 22,403 18,568
2006 18,097 14,043
2007 13,465 10,669

(sources: Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2008, Mitsubishi Motors website)

ReferencesEdit

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  1. "First Mitsubishi Endeavor Sport Utility Rolls Off The Line in Illinois". theautochannel.com (2003). Retrieved on 2011-04-26.
  2. "Mitsubishi Motors Announces "Project America" -- First product Is Next Generation SUV", Mitsubishi Motors press release, February 14, 2000
  3. "2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor", Chuck Schifsky, autoMedia.com
  4. "Mitsubishi SSU Concept Model Unveiled At 1999 Detroit Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, January 5, 1999
  5. "2003 Midsize Crossover SUVs Comparison Test", Neil Dunlop, Edmunds.com, June 13, 2003
  6. "So Long, Sport - Montero sport", Katherine Zachary, Ward's AutoWorld, March 1, 2004
  7. "Mitsubishi plans to halt U.S. production of 3 models in August - AutoWeek Magazine". Autoweek.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-26.

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