• Feb 7, 2008
click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant

Mitsubishi just unveiled its freshened-for-2009 Galant sedan at the Chicago Auto Show, and unlike our favorable response to the changes made to its Eclipse sibling, we think Mitsu might need to do a hard refresh on the Galant a couple of more times before it looks as handsome as it could. The new uninterrupted grille might look better than the prior split version, but it still doesn't seem to work as well as the nose on the EVO or new Eclipse. Out back, however, the new Lancer-inspired taillights and slightly reshaped fenders are a big improvement.

As we recently reported when the info was dropped in our laps a few days ago, the 2009 Mitsubish Galant will be offered in four versions: the top-shelf Ralliart model (red car in pics), V6 Sport, four-cylinder Sport edition and the four-cylinder ES (gray). The Ralliart is still powered by a 3.8L MIVEC V6 producing 258 horsepower and uses a 5-speed Sportronic automatic transmission. The Galant V6 Sport gets a 230-hp 3.8L V6, while the two remaining models are powered by a 160-hp 2.4L MIVEC four-cylinder. The V6 models get a 5-speed Sportronic automatic, while the four-cylinders make do with four-speeds. The two Sport models (both V6 and four-cylinder versions) also feature a power glass sunroof and heated cloth front seats as standard equipment. A ho-hum enhancement for a model that never caught on after its last redesign, we think Mitsubishi missed the target on this one.

Check out Mitsu's full press release after the jump, and the new live pics in our gallery below.



CHICAGO, Feb 7, 2008 -- Mitsubishi has introduced the new 2009 Galant midsize sedan, featuring expressive new styling, new user technology and a new value standard. The performance-tuned Galant Ralliart spearheads the lineup, which for 2009 also includes the 4-cylinder ES, the new 4-cylinder Sport Edition, and the Sport V-6.

New standard factory value packages add a long roster of premium equipment to the 2009 Galant Sport models, at a substantial savings. The 2009 Galant Sport models offer a $1,000+ MSRP value advantage over comparably equipped competitive midsize models.

A 160-hp 2.4-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder engine powers the Galant ES and Sport Edition models. The Sport V-6 model exclusively features a 230-hp 3.8-liter V-6. Four-cylinder Galant models sold in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont are certified as Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicles (PZEV). All 2009 Galant models come standard with a Sportronic® automatic transmission – a 4-speed with the 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed with the V-6 engines.

The Galant Ralliart is powered by a 258-hp 3.8-liter MIVEC V-6 engine teamed to a 5-speed Sportronic transmission. Exclusive equipment includes Ralliart-tuned sport suspension, new 18-inch alloy wheels, special exterior styling and a wide array of luxury features. The Galant Ralliart can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in about six seconds.

All 2009 Galant models come standard with anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side front and rear curtain airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The V-6 models feature standard traction control.

The Galant Sport models are equipped as standard with premium features more commonly found in top trim lines, including a power glass sunroof, premium cloth-trimmed heated front seats, automatic climate control, 8-way power driver's seat, steering wheel audio controls, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink® garage door opener/transmitter, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, heated side view mirrors, theft-deterrent alarm system, color-keyed rear spoiler, windshield shade band, dark chrome headlamp reflectors, and an illuminated glove box. The Galant Sport V-6 model and Ralliart also add a standard 360-watt Rockford Acoustic Design™ premium audio system that includes SIRIUS® Satellite Radio with a 6-month pre-paid subscription.

The Galant midsize sedans, along with the Eclipse coupe and Eclipse Spyder models and the Endeavor crossover SUV, are all built in the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill., which celebrates its 20th anniversary of vehicle production in 2008.

Mitsubishi will showcase its new 2009 Galant midsize sedan at the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 8-17 at McCormick Place. Presenting expressive new styling, new user technology and a new value standard, the 2009 Galant brings Mitsubishi performance and character to the highly competitive midsize segment. The 2009 Galant arrives at Mitsubishi dealers in February.

The introduction of the new 2009 Galant follows a rise in Mitsubishi's 2007 sales (+9 THD, with a dedicated channel driving each loudspeaker for the ultimate in sonic control. Silk dome tweeters mounted on the leading edge of the dash produce a natural multi-dimensional soundstage. Digital Signal Processing optimizes output to provide user-selectable listening environments, including "Normal," "Studio," "Club" and "Concert."

Ralliart Performance: A Complete Grand Touring Package
Galant Ralliart has the heart of a high-performance GT car – the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, to be precise. Its 3.8-liter V-6 produces 258 hp at 5,700 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. Galant Ralliart is capable of accelerating from zero-to-60 mph in about six seconds, making it one of the best performers in its segment.

The Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system helps optimize power and engine efficiency across a broad engine speed range. As an example of MIVEC's benefits, the large-displacement V-6 is already producing 220 lb.-ft. of torque at just 2,000 rpm, giving the Galant Ralliart forceful off-the-line response.

The Galant Ralliart features its own sport-tuned suspension with higher-rate springs and dampers and a 21-mm rear stabilizer bar. Its 235/45R-18 all-season tires are mounted on new 18 x 8-inch seven-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. All Galant models are equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, with the Ralliart model featuring larger front and rear discs than the other models.

In terms of standard luxury amenities, the Galant Ralliart challenges premium performance sedans by providing perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heated front seats, automatic climate control system, power glass sunroof and an auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink transmitter. Aluminum pedals and Micro-delta print accent panels are exclusive interior touches.

The Galant Ralliart offers one factory option, a DVD navigation system. When not equipped with the navigation system, Ralliart features a standard 4.9-inch color LCD display that provides outside temperature and a compass, as well as a trip computer with fuel mileage information, a door alarm indicator, maintenance recorder, and calendar. The display also provides an interface that allows owners to customize settings for many of the vehicle's interior functions.

Outstanding Warranty
Mitsubishi cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks are backed by comprehensive new vehicle limited warranties. Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer, Galant, Endeavor and Outlander vehicles come with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; along with a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty. The high-performance Lancer Evolution is covered by a 5-year, 60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, along with a 3-year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty.

Mitsubishi pickup trucks are covered by a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty that also includes powertrain components.

All Mitsubishi vehicles have a 7-year /100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, along with 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance, which includes free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of approximately 500 dealers.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the new rear, but still not feeling the front end.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty decent.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Had a Galant for a rental on the way to Boston from Philly last year. Surprised by the very agile handling and spirited acceleration. I enjoyed the car Felt it was a sleeper and was as good as the Altima I had the week before. May have liked it even more that the Nissan
      • 6 Years Ago
      Welp, first thing I thought of was a caddy...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is already for sale on our lot (got them in stock last week) and belive me.. I have heard rumors that they are working on a compleat redesign at the Cypress Ca studio.. as a sales person I can only hope that that is true and the next one is smaller and with a sharper design.. the back end is nice on this car.. The front end isnt and the interior still has the same seats as the old model which is very square and flat looking.. I know they can do good designs I just wish they would actualy put them up for sale.

      • 6 Years Ago
      How ugly can a car get? I think we now have the answer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not the prettiest face I've seen on any car, that's for sure, and I don't think the taillights, which look almost like the Lancer's, work too well on this car. The interior also looks a little dour and dated still. Overall, though, I think that the 2009 Galant looks OK, because I've certainly seen worse-looking cars..cases in point being the 2009 Acura RL and 2008 Ford Focus (two of the worst redesigns I've ever come across). Unfortunately for Mitsubishi, though, I simply can't imagine that Galant sales will improve any with this redesign, and given the fierce competition this car will still remain pretty anonymous. Too bad, because I have a bit of a soft spot for the Mitsubishi brand and I do want it to succeed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yup, I confirm. Have seen several of these `09's on the local Mitsu lot as well. Every one seems to be panning it, however I like the new look. I've owned a 94 (Gen 7) Galant and currently own an `03 (Gen 8) Galant. I hated the way the Gen 9's looked. At least it isn't a jelly bean like the Taurus, or Five Hundred ... no wait, it's the Taurus again, or is it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This rig is already on sale, saw one with the signature Rental "E" (for Enterprise) on the road today. It looks just as lame in person.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those headlamps are the worst Ive seen on any vehicle. No kidding.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The front looks like the ol' Cadillac STS.... :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      I haven't cared for the Galant since the 2000 model year. This is just too bland IMO.
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