Few vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup enjoy the kind of history the Galant does. First premiering in 1969, the Mitsubishi Galant has been a reliable and efficient compact for a wide range of drivers. It has been available all over the world and is recognized as one of Mitsubishi's most accomplished models. The Galant made an impression right from the start. Equipped with an inline 4-cylinder engine, the Galant's engine size depended on the model type, which was either a 2-door hardtop or a 4-door. The hardtop was outfitted with a 1.3L engine while the 4-door received a 1.5L version. The exterior design (referred to as Dynawedge) showcased a sporty, aerodynamic shape Since Mitsubishi vehicles were rebadged in America as Chryslers, the Galant was originally known as the Colt Galant, Colt, or Chrysler Galant. In the US, it was known as the Dodge Colt and was Mitsubishi's first model available stateside. In 1970, the Galant GTO, a fastback coupe version of the car, was introduced in order to provide potential buyers with an alternative to the more traditional sports cars that America was known for producing.
The Galant parts didn't see too many changes for its second generation. An Astron engine was introduced, replacing the entry-level 1.3L motor from the first series. Mitsubishi's "Silent Shaft" technology was also used for the first time. "Silent Shaft" put balance shafts on the low side of the Astron engine block in an effort to curb some of the noise and vibration. For the third generation, which debuted in 1976, the Mitsubishi Galant was available as either a 4-door sedan or a 5-door station wagon. Known as the Galant Sigma, this series of the model launched the MCA-Jet engine, which uses a second intake valve to reduce emissions, helping the Galant end up being named the South African Car of the Year (1977). The fourth generation of the Galant introduced the Sirius engine along with the Astron 4D55, the first diesel engine in a Japanese passenger car. Throughout the eighties, the Galant began to separate itself more and more from the rest of the Mitsubishi roster. Featuring aerodynamic styling along with punchy yet efficient engine options, the Galant grew in popularity and received various awards including being named Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year (1989).
As the ‘90s settled in, the Galant parts went through a series of changes. The model was still available as either a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, but the Lancer Evolution took over most of the sporting features. In 1994, the seventh generation of the model debuted with a twin cam engine and updated styling cues. Two years later, the eighth generation Mitsubishi Galant was released. The company did away with the hatchback version of the car and reverted back to the station wagon. In 1998, the US version of the ride became available with multiple engine choices, including a 3.0L V6 on the ES, LS, and GTZ trim levels. The Galant VR-4 was also improved with a 2.5L V6 twin turbo engine. Mitsubishi unveiled the 2004 Galant at the 2003 New York International Auto Show, marking the ninth generation of the vehicle. It also the last generation of the Galant to be manufactured in North America. Slightly larger in both interior space and in weight, the Galant used a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine on the base model, increasing the horsepower from 140-160. In 2009, the Sport Edition was added offering a Sportronic automatic transmission (4 or 5-speed) mated to either a 4-cylinder or V6 engine.
One of Mitsubishi's flagship models, the Galant is much more than just a roomy sedan. The Galant is the rare model that has the ability to transcend the class it is in due to its unquenchable style and comfort. Whichever series of the model we're talking about, the Galant is known for its peppy performance, responsive handling, and sporty feel. The exterior parts are always a hit, thanks to the angular lines that are complimented with just the right amount of curves to suggest sleekness. A true all-star, the Mitsubishi Galant always impresses, especially when gfitted with exclusive accessories.
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