Mitsubishi will showcase its new 2009 Mitsubishi Galant midsize sedan at the Chicago Auto Show 2008, Feb. 8-17 at McCormick Place. Presenting expressive new styling, new user technology and a new value standard, the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant brings Mitsubishi performance and character to the highly competitive midsize segment. The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant arrives at Mitsubishi dealers in February.
The introduction of the new 2009 Mitsubishi Galant follows a rise in Mitsubishi's 2007 sales (+9% over 2006) along with a line of major new model launches. Building on the success of the all-new Lancer launched in spring 2007 and the all-new Outlander crossover SUV, Mitsubishi introduced the high-performance 2008 Lancer Evolution that arrived in dealerships in late January.
The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant line offers four distinct trim levels and three performance levels, providing the wide array of choices that midsize buyers seek. The performance-tuned Galant Ralliart tops the line, which for 2009 also includes the 4-cylinder ES, the new 4-cylinder Sport Edition, and the V-6 Sport. The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant Sport models integrate new standard factory value packages that add a long roster of premium equipment at a substantial savings over what those features would have cost separately. As a result, the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant Sport models offer a significant $1,000+ MSRP value advantage over comparably equipped competitive midsize models.
Further enhancing value, all 2009 Mitsubishi Galant models come standard with a Sportronic® automatic transmission - a 4-speed with the 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed with the two V-6 engines. Sportronic allows manual shift control for a more engaging driving experience.
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart (2009)
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback (2009)
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart (2009)
Mitsubishi Outlander GT Concept (2009)
Mitsubishi PX-MiEV Concept
Powered by the new Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System, which significantly extends the frequency a hybrid vehicle is driven in EV mode, the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV Concept returns fuel economy in excess of 50 km/liter. The Mitsubishi PX-MiEV Concept is a new-generation concept car that balances high environmental performance with road performance by utilizing differential motors and Mitsubishi's all-new S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control), that utilizes E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control) which transfers torque to the rear left and right wheels. Other features include Mitsubishi's cocochi-interior, which provides occupants with a comfortable cabin environment, as well as many of the latest safety technologies.
Solid, Safety, and Simple were the keywords which drove the development of an exterior design suitable for a next-generation crossover that creates simple appearance from which all extraneous elements have been pared and that is free of the "rugged" elements typical in conventional SUVs. The headlamps and rear combination lamps use LED emitters that give the car an innovative and modern appearance as well as delivering better environmental performance with their reduced power consumption. The body uses a newly-developed metal color that gives the car a metal shell-like appearance. Combining elements of both spoke and dish styling, the road wheel design highlights an unprecedented new look to the body as well improving brake cooling and aerodynamic performance.
Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air Concept
Whilst the idea of an electric sports car (or simply electric fast car, witness the 100 km/h record-breaker back in 1899) is not new, not much thought have been given so far to consider electric vehicle (EV) fundamentals as sports car material...
Blending sporting heritage with EV leading expertise, Mitsubishi Motors has just taken that upside down view to create the clear removable top Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air Concept, premiered at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
One step beyond being merely green, this zero on-road CO2 emission racy concept builds upon those EV fundamentals, marrying:
the powerful accelerations and high torque inherent to electric motors,
the safe driving dynamics that stem from i MiEV's lithium-ion battery pack, ideally located within its long wheelbase and the low center of gravity it therefore implies.
A joint effort between Mitsubishi Motors design studios in Okazaki (exterior), Okazaki and Cypress, California (interior) as well as Tokyo (execution), the zero CO2 emission Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Air Concept is a relative to the acclaimed and equally zero CO2 emission 2007 i MiEV Sport show car.
Longer (+ 20 cm) and taller (+ 12 cm), it trades the cheeky look of its predecessor for a more technical approach of its teardrop shape: from the clamshell effect of its deep(er) windshield + diminutive bonnet to the shaper shape of its front end - complete with an inverted Jet Fighter "grille", or the flush glazing over the B-pillar.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 is the fastest and most extreme version of Mitsubishi's motorsport derived machine. With 403bhp and 387lb.ft of torque on offer from its advanced, lightweight aluminium 2.0-litre turbocharged MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) petrol engine the FQ-400 is able to reach 62mph from standstill in an estimated 3.8 seconds before reaching an electronically limited 155mph - where permitted.
Traction and handling
Ensuring all the FQ-400's power is put to good use is Mitsubishi's sophisticated Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel-drive system which appropriates power to the wheels that can best use it, giving the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 quite sensational cross-country performance.
The S-AWC system combines a number of electronic systems that both enhance the FQ-400's performance and safety, with Active Stability Control and Active Centre Differential, Active Yaw Control and Sport ABS giving the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 incredible cornering ability, traction and grip. Depending on the conditions the driver can select the most suitable set-up for the S-AWC system, three choices - Tarmac, Gravel and Snow - being offered via the wheel-mounted button and displayed in the central instrument binnacle.
Increasing the FQ-400's cornering ability even further over its FQ relatives is a wider track and lowered suspension featuring Eibach springs and Bilstein Shock Absorbers. Lightweight 18-inch, nine spoke alloy wheels fitted with Toyo Proxes R1R tyres enhance the FQ-400's grip, giving it sharper cornering response on the road and more incisive steering. The enhanced agility and performance is backed by a revised braking system which uses aerospace grade aluminium alloys and floating sealed discs grabbed by high performance pads.
Mitsubishi Outlander GT
The new-for-2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT showcases why it's different for a reason with a fresh combination of seven-passenger luxury and road holding control. Occupying the top tier in the Outlander family, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT uses premium materials and advanced features for an upscale feel. A restyled exterior joins an available FUSE Hands-free Link System ™ and the superior all-weather capability of the Lancer Evolution-derived Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. The Mitsubishi Outlander GT receives a revised 3.0-liter V6 engine, teamed with a six-speed sportronic® automatic transmission.
Powered by an updated MIVEC-equipped V6 engine, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT offers greater power without sacrificing fuel economy. By improving the intake efficiency and raising the compression ratio, Mitsubishi engineers have managed to push output to 230 hp @ 6,250 RPM and 215 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,750 RPM. The increased engine efficiency has also allowed the Mitsubishi Outlander GT to reduce its carbon footprint and CO2 emissions.
Complementing the refined power is the advanced driver control provided by Hill Start Assist and S-AWC. The S-AWC system utilizes a first-in-class Active Front Differential (AFD) and an electronically controlled center differential system, which distributes driving force intelligently from front to rear and left to right to the front wheels. The driver is able to use a "Tarmac, Snow, or Lock" selector knob to switch between modes, providing full-time traction during any weather situation.
The revised 2010 Mitsubishi Shogun continues to offer buyers a unique blend of on and off-road capability, generous standard equipment levels, comfort, space and luxury and highly competitive pricing. From 2010 buyers can add greater power and torque and better economy and emissions to that list, with Mitsubishi's engineers applying Intelligent Motion principles to allow the Shogun to return mpg and CO2 emissions figures among the very best in the large off-roader class.
Detailed changes to Mitsubishi's advanced 3.2-litre, four-cylinder DiD common rail turbodiesel allow the 3-door manual to return 35.3mpg and the 5-door auto 33.2mpg - up from 30.7mpg and 26.7mpg respectively - on the official combined consumption cycle. Emissions drop too, from 246g/km to 212g/km on manuals and 280g/km to 224g/km for autos. These impressive emissions and economy gains are made in spite of increased power and torque; both rising by 18% - from 168bhp to 197bhp and 373Nm to 441Nm (325lb/ft) Towing capacity for both three- and five-door models has increased by 200kg, to 3,000kg and 3,500kg for braked trailers.
The performance increase and economy savings are thanks to engine revisions that include lower idling engine revs, a high efficiency alternator with enhanced generating and discharging controlling logic, new engine and differential oils, an enhanced differential ratio and a 15mm front and 10mm rear drop in ride height.
The changes allow the Mitsubishi Shogun to continue to offer the same blend of rugged on and off-road capability combined with significantly improved environmental credentials, Mitsubishi's drive towards a greener future not just limited to its regular passenger cars but also its iconic off-road flagship model.