We at AutoPacific have just completed a week’s worth of driving the Thailand-built Mitsubishi Mirage. Now we know what drivers in a third world country experience when they drive locally assembled cars. And we don’t like it much.
Ralliart Leads Facelift
Mitsubishi has given its largest sedan a bit of a refresh for the 2007 model year and previewed the updates at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, ahead of summer 2006 sales. These relatively minor changes bring along with them a 258HP 3.8L V6 Ralliart model as well as a new five-speed automatic transmission. VehicleVoice and AutoPacific were at the show to take a first look. At first glance, the Galant Ralliart adopts a more grown-up look while retaining the aggressive stance the performance model in the range needs.
Changes to all 2007 model year Galant models include a new grille with a more distinctive chrome surround, a new front fascia and bumper, and a new rear bumper fascia, but the Ralliart steps it up a notch. The Ralliart takes the sporting personality and leaves the GTS model to take a more luxury-oriented personality. The LS model of the past few years is dropped, and DS and ES remain as the four-cylinder-engine volume cars, but the ES can be dressed up to look like the V6-equipped GTS. Though there are changes for all 2007 Galant models, only the Ralliart was the star of this show.