2007 Mitsubishi Galant | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Mitsubishi had been dormant in the Middle East till 2006 with only very few models on offer in the mid-size passenger car segment. There was the fleet-friendly Lancer and the Magna from the previous generation.

sees Mitsubishi lock horns yet again with its Asian competitors with the launch of the Galant in the region. This prolific model which saw a lot of success earlier on in its life-cycle makes a comeback equipped with a smooth revving four cylinder mill nestling under smart looking bodywork.

The new Galant is powered by a 2.4-litre MIVEC engine producing 170 bhp at 5,500 rpm and is mated to an automatic 4-speed INVECS-II Sports Mode transmission which allows clutchless manual shifts. With the launch of the Galant, Mitsubishi has added more muscle to their sedan line-up so that loyal customers in the UAE will have a Mitsubishi car that matches their need.

The Galant makes a strong styling statement. There is a new front-end treatment which is a complete departure from what was on the previous generation. The long, wedgy stance of the Galant leaves no doubt that it is a bonafide midsize sedan. Not everyone agrees on the success of the design, but there’s no disputing it’s fresh and different. A dominating, vertical bar splits the grille, the outboard ends of which bend upward as if grinning. Sculpted headlight housings cover the forward edges of the front fenders. A strong, fully integrated, one-piece bumper and lower fascia with inset fog lights complete the presentation. In profile, the Galant avoids the boring box-on-box look commonly associated with conservative mid-size sedans.

The Galant has a roomy, comfortable interior. The seats are supportive without being overly firm. The dash still has a clinical look but friendly to the eyes. Geometric shapes and angles in the steering wheel mesh with the slopes, arcs and arches of the gauge cluster. The rear seat is reasonably roomy and adequate, though the seating position is a bit low and the bottom cushions could offer a bit more thigh support.

The Galant adds safety equipment in the form of a tyre pressure monitoring system for ES, LS and GTS models equipped with alloy wheels. ABS disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution  ensures footed braking during any kind of emergency.

Body TypeSedan
Price (in AED)64,500-76,500
Engine (litre)2.4
Power (bhp)170
Torque (Nm)213
Transmission4A

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