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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Redesigned 2009 Mitsubishi Galant set to debut at Chicago Auto Show

Mitsubishi's redesigned 2009 Galant will break cover at the Chicago Auto Show next week. On sale later this month, Mitsubishi promises a revised pricing structure that bundles premium equipment in price-saving value packages.

The new Galant's wide, chrome-framed grille and smoother lines offer a more mature look that detractors will probably compare to the previous-generation Chevrolet Malibu. The rear treatment fares somewhat better, with a wider rear window, expressive taillamps and a new trunklid. Galant Sport models get new 17-inch wheels.

As with the current Galant, a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power is available. There are two sixes this year; the familiar 258-horse 3.8 liter is available in the Ralliart, and it's detuned to 230 horsepower for the new Sport V6 model. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the four-cylinder, while V6 cars get a five-speed. Underpinnings haven't changed significantly.


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