What Changed for 2009:
- Refreshed exterior
- New front and rear sheetmetal
- New Sport Edition and Sport V6
- Four-cylinder or V-6 engine
- New 230-hp, 3.8-liter engine for Sport V6 model
- DE trim level dropped, leaving four choices
- Ralliart carries on with 258-hp V-6 engine, special suspension tuning
- Four- and 5-speed Sportronic automatic transmissions
- On sale as early 2009 models
Mitsubishi last revamped its midsize Galant sedan for the 2007 model year. Wearing a fresh look for 2009, the Galant gains new front and rear sheetmetal and gets a modified lineup. Made in the United States, the front-wheel-drive Galant competes against the major midsize sedans: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. A new 4-cylinder Sport Edition joins the 2009 lineup, along with a Sport V6. At the same time, Mitsubishi has abandoned the bottom-rung DE trim level. Last year, the Galant lineup slimmed down as well, losing the prior SE and GTS versions. The Ralliart sedan returns as Mitsubishi's \"grand touring\" model, with a tauter suspension and more powerful V-6 engine than the one in the Sport V6. Galants are produced in Normal, IL, along with Mitsubishi's Eclipse and Endeavor models. Sales of the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant began in February 2008.
Four Mitsubishi Galant models are offered for the 2009 model year: base-level ES, new Sport Edition, Sport V6, and sport-focused Ralliart. In addition to distinctive styling cues, Mitsubishi's Ralliart models get special suspension tuning for a tighter feel on the road, the company says. In addition to a fresh grille, each Galant gets new headlights, hood and fascias, along with wider rear glass, a revised trunk lid and back bumper, and modified taillights. Color-keyed side mirrors and door handles have been added to the base-level ES model, while the Ralliart gains side air dams. Sport and Ralliart models feature a color-keyed rear spoiler. Inside, Sport V6 and Ralliart sedans now are upholstered with 2-tone leather trim, as well as white-faced gauges. Ralliart instrument panels now feature orange illumination. A sunroof deflector is available for Sport and Ralliart models, and even the ES sedan can be equipped with fog lamps.
Sport editions include new 17-inch alloy wheels; a sunroof; fog lamps; heated front seats and mirrors; automatic climate control; an 8-way power driver's seat; steering-wheel audio controls; an auto-dimming electro-chromic inside mirror with HomeLink system; and a rear spoiler. Similarly equipped, the Ralliart sedan rides on 18-inch, 7-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with 235/45R18 all-season tires. Inside the Ralliart are aluminum-trimmed pedals and Micro-delta print accent panels. All trim levels except the GS include heated front seats and mirrors, a power driver's seat, and automatic climate control. Sport V6 and Ralliart models include a Rockford Acoustic Design premium audio system that includes Sirius satellite radio.
As before, Mitsubishi offers two MIVEC engine choices for the 2009 Galant: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.8-liter V-6 engine. In the Ralliart, the V-6 engine generates 258 hp at 5700 rpm, versus 230 hp at 5250 rpm for the Sport V6. The 4-cylinder engine makes 160 hp at 5500 rpm. Torque output for the Ralliart's V-6 engine is 258 lb.-ft. at 4500 rpm, while the Sport V6's engine generates 250 lb.-ft. at 4000 rpm. A 4-speed automatic transmission mates with the 4-cylinder engine, while the V-6 engine teams with a 5-speed automatic transmission. PZEV (Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle) 4-cylinder engines, rated 155 hp, are available in five states that have more stringent requirements. Ralliart sedans have higher-rate springs and shock absorbers, as well as larger front/rear brake discs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet evaluated the Mitsubishi Galant in frontal or side-impact crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2008 Galant \"Good\" for both frontal and side impacts. The list of standard safety features is unchanged. All 2009 Mitsubishi Galants contain curtain-type air bags and seat-mounted side-impact air bags. Anti-lock brakes are also standard. A rearview camera to ease backing up will likely join the Galant's options list later in the year.
MIVEC is Mitsubishi's version of variable valve timing, intended to optimize power and efficiency through a broad engine-speed range. Used on all 2009 Galant engines, it stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control. Ralliart and Sport V6 sedans come with traction control. A tire-pressure monitor is standard, and an iPod adapter is available for all models. In the Rockford Acoustic Design audio system-standard in upper models and included in the ES's Sun, Sound and Leather option package-Digital Signal Processing provides a choice of four listening environments: Normal, Studio, Club, or Concert. A Navigation package with 7-inch touch screen is available for the Ralliart sedan. Without navigation, a 4.9-inch screen displays outside temperature, a compass, and trip computer. Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity will be a late addition.