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2009 Mitsubishi Galant Preview

2009 Mitsubishi Galant Preview

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008


Critical Knowledge:
  • Refreshed exterior for 2009

  • New front and rear sheetmetal

  • New Sport Edition and Sport V6

  • Four-cylinder or V-6 engine

  • DE trim level dropped, leaving four choices
Introduction
Mitsubishi 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 is abandoning the bottom-rung DE trim level. Last year, the Galant lineup slimmed down as well, losing the prior SE and GTS versions. Galants are produced in Normal, IL, along with Mitsubishi's Eclipse and Endeavor models. Sales of the 2009 Galant begin in February 2008.

Model Lineup
Four Galant models are offered for the 2009 model year: base-level ES, new Sport Edition, Sport V6, and sport-focused Ralliart. In addition to special styling cues, Mitsubishi's Ralliart models get special suspension tuning for a tighter feel on the road, the company says. Each Galant gets new headlights, hood and fascias, along with wider rear glass, a revised trunk lid, and fresh taillights. Color-keyed side mirrors and door handles are 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 in 2-tone leather. 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 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a rear spoiler. The Ralliart sedan rides on 18-inch wheels. Inside is new sport fabric with a power driver's seat, leatherette steering-wheel rim, and HomeLink system with an electro-chromatic mirror. All trim levels except the GS include heated front seats and mirrors, a power driver's seat, and automatic climate control. A Navigation package with 7-inch touch screen is available for the Ralliart sedan. Also, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity will be a late addition.

Hardware
As before, Mitsubishi offers two engine choices on the 2009 Galant: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or 3.8-liter V-6. In the Ralliart, the V-6 engine generates 258 hp, versus 230 hp for the Sport V6. The 4-cylinder engine makes 160 hp. A 4-speed automatic transmission mates with the 4-cylinder engine, while V-6 models team with a 5-speed automatic.

Safety
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 braking also is standard. Ralliart sedans come with traction control. A rearview camera to ease backing-up will join the Galant's options list later in the year.
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