The Eagle Vision, which made its debut in the 1992 North American Auto Show, was produced from 1993 through 1997. This full-size luxury sports sedan under Chrysler Corporation’s Eagle division replaced the Eagle Premier and was especially made for enthusiast drivers. It received some recognitions throughout its 4-year run. It was named Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine in 1993 and was part of the Ten Best List by Car and Driver in 1994.
1986: The design of the Eagle Vision
The car’s design dated back to 1986. During this time, the design for the exterior of the Navajo, an aerodynamic concept sedan, was completed but never got beyond the clay model stage. When Chrysler Corporation acquired Lamborghini, the Navajo’s exterior was redesigned and it became the Lamborghini Portofino, launched as a concept car in the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show. The success of the design prompted Chrysler to manufacture a production sedan using the cab-forward exterior design of the Portofino. This design included a long, low-slung windshield and wheels that were placed deep into the corners of the car.
Chrysler later on bought American Motors Corporation, where the Eagle division was based, in 1987. Soon after, the design of the chassis started. When Francois Castaing assumed the role as Chrysler’s VP for vehicle engineering in 1988, the new design for the Eagle Premier was born. Some of the designs were derived from the prototypes of Chrysler, Eagle, and other models. The Eagle Vision was based on the Eagle Premier, the vehicle model it eventually replaced.
1993: The release of the Vision
The Eagle Vision was unveiled in 1992 at the North American Auto Show and was produced for 1993 till 1997. The available trims included the ESi and the TSi. The Vision closely resembled the first-generation Concorde. It was designed with a cab-forward exterior as the 1987 Lamborghini Portofino concept. The style and engineering of the Vision was aerodynamically charged and brought a 0.31 drag coefficient. In its 4-year run, the sedan went through some upgrades and changes. In 1994, variable-assist power steering became available. By this time, both trims looked quite similar as they sported the same lower-body cladding. Some of the changes included a spike of the 3.3L engine’s output and the revision of the 4-speed automatic transmission. By 1995, heated power exterior rear-view mirrors became standard features along with power windows and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player. For the ESi model, the 3.5L engine became available. In 1996, the new Autostick shift was offered for the TSi model.
The Eagle Vision sold significant number of units during its lifetime. However, its production ceased in 1997. The Eagle brand under Chrysler was also dissolved by 1998. The redesigned Vision was released as the Chrysler 300M.