The first generation Talon was released in mid-1989 as a 1990 model and ran through 1994.
This era of DSM vehicles is commonly referred to as the first generation, or "1G" for short.
However, there were two 1G styles.
he "1GA" models of 1990–1991 featured pop-up headlights lights and a "6-bolt" engine, while the "1GB" model of 1992–1994 featured composite style headlights with integrated turn signals.
The 1993–1994 base model DL was front-wheel drive and used a 92-horsepower 1.8 L engine (4G37).
The ES model (or just the base Talon before 1993) sported a naturally aspirated 2.0 L 135 hp Mitsubishi 4G63 engine.
The TSi and TSi AWD models used the same engine but added an intercooled Mitsubishi 14b turbocharger producing 11.06 psi of peak boost from the factory, resulting in 195 hp (145 kW) on TSi AWD models.
The front-drive TSi produced only 190 hp due to a more restrictive exhaust system, and the automatics produced 180 horsepower (130 kW) due to a 13g turbo.
The "six-bolt" engine on all Talons built before April 1992 refers to the number of bolts connecting the flywheel to the crankshaft.
All 1G Talons built after April 1992 received a freer revving "7-bolt" engine borrowed from the 1992 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's lighter rods and seven-bolt crankshaft.
The Eagle Talon was consistently featured on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1990–1992.
The Talon Turbo was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1989–1992.
The second generation (or "2G") Eagle Talon was introduced in 1995 simultaneously with its Mitsubishi Eclipse counterpart, while the Plymouth Laser model was eliminated.
Mechanically, the new Talon and Eclipse models were almost identical with the engines in the turbocharged versions receiving a modest increase in output thanks to a redesigned intake and exhaust, higher 8.5:1 (vs. 7.8:1) compression pistons, and new turbocharger.
The new T25 turbocharger, provided by Garrett, had boost increased to 12 psi of peak boost and was smaller than the previous Mitsubishi built 14b turbo that was on 1G models.
The other important change concerned the suspension.
While the 1G had MacPherson struts in the front, the 2G had double-wishbone in the front and multilink suspension in the rear.
The double wishbone suspension gave the 2G a much better roll-camber curve in the front, allowing for much better handling.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the differences between the Eagle Talon and its Mitsubishi equivalent were somewhat more substantial than exhibited in the first generation models.
These differences were most obvious at the rear of the car.
Also, the hard-top Talon featured a black roof while the Eclipse had a body colored top.
For model year 1997, a design update occurred for both the Talon and the Eclipse that is sometimes referred to as "2Gb".
At the front, a larger air intake was created and the "Eagle" emblem was enlarged and embossed into the center of the bumper cap (as opposed to a badge that inset into a similarly shaped hole).
At the rear, a new high-mount spoiler was introduced that projected further into the airstream, replacing the flush-mounted sickle spoiler.
Lastly, on the TSi and TSi AWD models, the aluminum wheels were increased to 17 in (432 mm) and incorporated more angles replacing the 16 in (406 mm) curved 5-spoke wheel.
There was a slight change in gear ratios and the number of splines on the shaft feeding power to the transfer case was altered.
The TSi and TSi AWD models again featured an intercooled turbocharged engine, now replacing the 14B Mitsubishi turbo with a Garrett T25 model.
The TSi AWD model retained the all-wheel drive drivetrain system.
By 1998, the Talon was the last model in the declining Eagle lineup and the rarest Talon model year.
Amid declining sales, Chrysler management decided to stop promoting the Eagle brand.
The last Eagle Talon rolled off the assembly line on February 10, 1998.