• 2012 Mitsubishi Galant.
  • 2012 Mitsubishi Galant.
  • 2012 Mitsubishi Galant.
  • 2012 Mitsubishi Galant.
We admit it – we've been skeptical about Mitsubishi's fortunes here in the US for a long time now, and this month's reveal of the 2014 Mirage subcompact at the New York Auto Show didn't do much to quell our consternation. Yes, the Mirage should attract a certain portion of the buying population based on what will likely be the best fuel economy figures in its segment and a low price, but the profitability of basic small cars is limited even under the best of circumstances. Mitsubishi is clearly going to need something meatier in its portfolio if it wants to get back on track financially.

Help appears to be on the way. According to The Detroit Free Press, Masatoshi Hasegawa, the company's executive vice president here in North America, has confirmed that at least two more models are destined for the company's US dealerships, and it looks like they're going to be entries into higher-volume, higher-margin segments. Hasegawa pledges that the company will overhaul its lineup over the next two to three years, and one of them will be a successor to the often-ignored Galant, a midsize sedan we last saw for the 2012 model year.

And what of the other model? Apparently it will be an unnamed "bigger brother" for the new 2014 Outlander, an acknowledgment that suggests Mitsubishi is considering bringing its Montero/Pajero SUV back to the States. Earlier this month, we heard a report that a next-generation model for the venerable off-roader remains a few years out, but it's possible Mitsubishi might import the current aging model before the new one is produced. A big shift is said to be in the works for the fifth-generation model, with a massive weight loss and possible plug-in hybrid variant tipped as top goals for the program.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      The question should be why has Mitsubishi dragged out a midsize platform since 2003 with little attention to it since then. Really?
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        It wasn't even close to class leading when it was introduced, so it was a sub par effort.
      Go2Fast
      • 1 Year Ago
      They need to bring back a two door montero. I've owned three of the 87-88 models and I loved those things!
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      "I LOVE the Galant--it's a classy, fast car." Said nobody.
      vaua70
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah bring back a good Galant that will beat Accord and Camry, and Montero/Pajaro to beat the Pilot, Pathfinder
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi needs to bring over the cool cars that other countries get... I dont see why they havent brought over the Colt when the honda fit is doing so well.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        It probably isn't designed for North American emissions and crash regs.
      DEOUTLANDER
      • 1 Year Ago
      I purchased a 2003 Lancer ES brand new as my first car I shopped all makes and models for the most standard features for the money. Everything was beat out by the Lancer you simply get more warranty, more amenities, more value with Mitsubishi the vehicle was built like a mini tank. I abused it like no tomorrow and it never left me stranded anywhere. I used it till I was able to upgrade to a brand new 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS another well built vehicle that has Technology and features ahead of its time not even Bmw/Mercedes/Lexus/Infiniti of the same year could compare. So before you go hating and bashing a company do your research. MITSUBISHI has been dominating off road rally races in all countries for decades that alone should speak volumes of their quality and durability. They have one of the best 4 wheel drive systems in the market. They take pride in producing quality vehicles at reasonable prices. If you have never had the pleasure of owning one brand new to break in yourself then don't criticize or hater bash your probably a jealous person in a Honda civic beater like the rest of the sheep. Kbb has given various awards to commend their value and quality. EVO Gallant Diamante 3000gt Outlander Montero some of the legendary vehicles out there.
      wrestleprocbt
      • 1 Year Ago
      What was the big sedan they had out years ago (15 maybe), it was stylish and when I drove one, thought it had great power. I loved the Montero, didn't look like any other SUV and looked the part and the large oversized sunroof was cool too. Another great car I had was the 3000GT, I know there isn't much of a market for a cool sports car like that anymore but you have to admit it was nice and fast.
      aacfx09
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've never ever seen a Galant mentioned in a comparison test for midsizers. I hope Mitsu succeed...
      stumpy
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I were running Mitsubishi Motors, this is how I would turn things around... 1) I would hire the best designers and get mitsubishi products on an abnormally short redesign cycle (3-5 years instead of 10+) so mitsu is known as the company with FRESH products, not stale. Just look what design has done for Hyundai and Ford. 2) I would strengthen brand identity by condensing the line-up. Bring a new Elise to market. Keep the Lancer. Bring a new iconic small-car to the US market to compete with the Fiat 500 and Mini. Maybe even bring a fun 2-door convertible SUV (think Jeep Wrangler) to market. Kill off the iMiEV and use the EV tech in a version of the iconic sub-compact. With those 4-5 models Mitsu could dominate. 3) I would hire the top advertisers in the industry to sell Mitsubishi as the young fun and hip brand. The brand for young people that just want to have fun. People can be convinced to buy anything if the marketing is good enough.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      if mitsubishi keeps on making dat interior and dat seats, no one is gonna care. Its like marketing and director of op has a misconnect, like they were ex or something
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      BTS-that\'s some sexy midsize ve-hick-ule there! No, after Suzuki\'s Kizashi I would buy a Mitsubishi Galant. Too bad I don\'t really desire a midsize rig, I like the compact range. But that is one sexy midsize car there.
      DEOUTLANDER
      • 1 Year Ago
      MITSUBISHI gives you the most complete vehicle dollar for dollar I am praying the Montero comes back to the Us. I currently own a 2008 Outlander XLS and love it. I need to upgrade and the Montero is it.
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