The AMC Eagle was a unique four-wheel-drive car produced by American Motors Corporation (AMC) between 1980 and 1988. The Eagle was the first car to combine the characteristics of a traditional passenger car with four-wheel drive, creating a new type of vehicle that would eventually be called a crossover SUV.
The Eagle was available in several different body styles over its production run, including a two-door coupe, a four-door sedan, a four-door wagon, and a two-door convertible. It was powered by a range of engines, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 4.2-liter inline-six engine, and a 5.0-liter V8 engine.
The AMC Eagle was designed to be a versatile and capable vehicle that could handle a wide range of driving conditions, including snow, mud, and off-road terrain. The Eagle’s innovative four-wheel-drive system was designed to be used on pavement as well as off-road, providing excellent traction and stability in all conditions.
The Eagle was also designed to be practical and functional, with a spacious interior and a large cargo area that could be expanded by folding down the rear seats. The Eagle was also available with a variety of options and accessories, including air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a variety of audio systems.
Despite its many strengths, the AMC Eagle was not a huge commercial success for American Motors. The Eagle faced tough competition from other four-wheel-drive vehicles, including the Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Bronco II, and it was also hampered by AMC’s financial struggles in the 1980s. AMC was eventually acquired by Chrysler in 1987, and the Eagle was discontinued in 1988.