April 17, 2003
Mitsubishi shows new Galant, Lancer Sportback, and Diamante
New York, New York – Mitsubishi showed a completely redesigned 2004 Mitsubishi Galant, the new-for-North America Lancer Sportback, and its remodeled Diamante flagship sedan.
Mitsubishi’s all-new Galant now offers a 3.8-litre V6 engine that leads the class in displacement, a robust and highly rigid new unibody structure and more than 100 cu. ft. of interior passenger room. At more than 190-inches in length and 72.4-inches in width the 2004 Galant is much bigger. The wheelbase has grown to 108.3-inches. The standard tires have been pumped up to 16-inches. The base 2.4-liter Mitsubishi engine jumps to 160 horsepower, and the available 3.8-litre V6 cranks out 230 horsepower and 250 lb. ft. of torque.
Inside, dimensions expand in every direction. Cabin width provides more than 57-inches of shoulder room, while 37-inches of rear legroom afford rear passengers ample comfort.
As with the previous Galant, the model line-up includes four distinct trim lines, with missions ranging from expressive family sedan to exhilarating sport sedan.
Following the Endeavor sport utility vehicle, Galant is the second new vehicle in Mitsubishi Motors’ Project America series. The all-new Galant was specifically designed in California, engineered in Michigan and Japan, and assembled in Illinois to meet the specific needs and high expectations of American drivers.
Based on the Lancer sedan and beefed up with a large-for-the-class 2.4-litre MIVEC engine boasting 162 horsepower, the 2004 Lancer Sportback offers two trim lines and two levels of performance to go with its biggger back seat and 42.3 cu. ft. of cargo space.
The Lancer Sportback’s domestic duties are handled with more than 94 cu. ft. of interior passenger space, a 60/40-split folding reclining rear seat, cargo-area power outlet and under-floor and rear storage compartments. The LS trim line also features air conditioning, a 140-watt audio system, power windows, locks and sideview mirrors, keyless entry and woodgrain interior trim. Essentially, the Lancer Sportback LS is a compact five-door vehicle with an international rally racer in its heritage and a surprise under its hood.
The Lancer Sportback Ralliart sheds the conservative look and adds tuner hardware from Mitsubishi’s inventory of performance parts. Ralliart is Mitsubishi’s international racing brand. The Lancer Sportback Ralliart is equipped with a full sport suspension, front strut tower brace, 205/50R16 tires on euro-flange alloy wheels and anti-lock brakes. The Lancer Sportback Ralliart also shows off its rally DNA with a lower body kit, unique grille, tinted headlamp lenses and projector-beam fog lights.
Inside, the high-performance Lancer Sportback has the full Ralliart treatment, with high-end Lancer Evolution sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter and parking brake lever and carbon-style accent panels. A six-speaker audio system, standard cruise control and driver’s and passengers front and side impact air bags also are included.
Mitsubishi is taking its new corporate look upscale with the redesigned 2004 Diamante. The new front fascia carries the company’s international signature with sweeping triangulated headlights, a split grille faired into a smoothly integrated bumper and the triple diamond logo taking a more prominent position on the vehicle’s leading edge. It’s a stronger, more substantial look. And as final details, there are new fog lights and side marker lights are artfully spliced into the bumper’s upper cut-line.
At the rear of the 2004 Diamante, character lines are eliminated in favor of smooth contours, the trunk lid makes a softer transition into the bumper and the taillights have more contemporary lenses. The style is more organic and less angular, to compliment the new front-end design.
As with last year, there are three Diamante trim lines, starting with the ES. Inside, the centre instrument panel and console have been updated and new ES trim fabric is tailored for a more stylish impression. Newly designed multi-spoke 16″ alloy wheels are standard.
Diamante LS now is equipped with Mitsubishi’s Sportronic auto/manual transmission and a cranked-up 270-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity premium audio system with steering wheel mounted controls.
For 2004, the athletic VR-X is equipped with a unique grille, black-out bezel headlights, sport taillights, 10-spoke alloy wheels and a new rear spoiler. The VR-X model also features the 270-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity premium audio system with steering wheel mounted controls and a centre instrument panel and console finished in silver. Also new to VR-X is Mitsubishi’s Sportronic automatic/manual transmission.