2008 Chicago Auto Show; Mitsubishi Showcases New 2009 Galant Midsize Sedan Among New, Future and Historical High-Performance Models - VIDEO ENHANCED


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CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2008 -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is showcasing the new 2009 Mitsubishi Galant midsize sedan at the Chicago Auto Show, along with exciting new performance models for 2008 and 2009, and the daring Concept-RA sports coupe.

The 2009 Mitsubishi Galant introduces expressive new styling, desirable feature content and a new value standard, spearheaded by the Sport editions. In addition, the updated 2009 Eclipse coupe and Eclipse Spyder models will debut at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, which is open to the public from February 8-17 at McCormick Place. The 2009 Eclipse models feature revised front and rear styling, with the V-6 GT models gaining a new dual exhaust system, standard Active Stability Control (ASC), HID head lamps and a new, large rear spoiler.

The Concept-RA provides a glimpse into where Mitsubishi can take sport coupe design and performance. Concept-RA is an athletic pure coupe concept combining a passion for driving with a heightened sensitivity for the environment, thanks to high-output clean diesel power.

Appearing together, as they did in Detroit, are the 2009 Lancer Ralliart and the high-performance 2008 Lancer Evolution that arrived in dealerships in January. The turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Ralliart model goes on sale later this summer. The new Lancer Evolution offers blistering performance from a 291-hp turbocharged MIVEC 2.0-liter engine and an available Twin Clutch-SST gearbox. Super-All Wheel Control, featuring Active Center Differential (ACD) 4-wheel drive and an Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, provides unprecedented handling and stability on the road or track. The Lancer Ralliart will be powered by a detuned version of the Evolution engine paired with the Twin Clutch-SST gearbox.

Proud Performance Heritage

Mitsubishi also is displaying several classic models that trace the brand's performance heritage. The 1989 Eclipse coupe is the first generation of a model which became an instant icon in sporty coupes. The 1996 Eclipse Spyder GST turbo represents the first generation convertible as well as the 1,000,000th vehicle produced at Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America facility in Normal, Illinois. The Starion is one of the models that introduced Mitsubishi to American driving enthusiasts in 1982. A turbocharged rear-drive performance coupe that easily challenged more expensive European sports cars of the time, the Starion went on to win several international and national rallies from 1985-1988. The Galant GTO prototype from 1972 offers a rare look back at Mitsubishi's early sport coupe design direction and performance approach.

New 2009 Galant

With four trim levels and three engines, the 2009 Mitsubishi Galant offers something for everyone in the midsize segment. The high-performance Galant Ralliart tops the line, which for 2009 also includes the 4-cylinder ES, the new Sport models, and the new Sport V-6. All Galant models come standard with a Sportronic(R) automatic transmission -- a 4-speed with the 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed with the V-6s -- that allows manual shift control when desired.

The 2009 Galant is distinguished by a boldly styled new front end and sophisticated new lines that are especially apparent in the rear three-quarter view. Inside, premium materials enhance the roomy interior, and new user technologies meet consumer demand for the latest in onboard convenience and entertainment. The new 2009 Galant offers a compelling value story. The Galant with Sport Value Package with Sunroof, in particular, offers a $1,000+ MSRP advantage over other comparably equipped midsize models.

The Galant Sport Value Package includes such premium features as a power glass sunroof, cloth heated front seats, automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink(R) garage door opener/transmitter, fog lights, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a theft-deterrent alarm system.

In the Sport V-6 model, which is powered by a 230-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engine, the Sport Value Package with Sun & Sound includes all of those features plus a 360-watt Rockford Acoustic Design(TM) premium audio system and SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio with a 6-month pre-paid subscription. All Galant models come equipped with a high level of standard safety, including anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side front and rear curtain airbags.

Lancer Performance Stable Growing

The Lancer performance picture gets even brighter for enthusiasts of all budgets with the introduction of the new 168-hp 2.4-liter MIVEC engine for the 2008 Lancer GTS. And joining the line for in showrooms this summer, the 2009 Lancer Ralliart will be positioned between the GTS and the Evolution models. The Lancer Ralliart shows its clear kinship to the Evolution model with its aggressively styled front bumper and rear bumper cover, dual outlet muffler and a lightweight aluminum, ducted hood that delivers cooling air to the turbocharger.

The Lancer Ralliart will offer exciting all-wheel drive performance from a 235 hp (est.) turbocharged 2.0-liter MIVEC engine, along with the Twin Clutch-SST gearbox from the Lancer Evolution. The Twin Clutch-SST gearbox combines the efficiency of a manual transmission with lightning-quick paddle-actuated shifts or programmed fully-auto modes.

The Lancer Ralliart's full-time 4WD driveline borrows some components from the Evolution, including Mitsubishi's Active Center Differential (ACD). The ACD unit uses an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential to distribute drive torque between the front and rear in response to driving conditions. The system provides an excellent balance between steering response and traction characteristics, with the driver able to set system response parameters using a "Tarmac, Gravel, Snow" selector. Lancer Ralliart is also equipped with a front helical and rear mechanical limited slip differentials.

Standard high-tech features for Lancer Ralliart include FAST key and a hands-free telephone interface. Available equipment and options will include Recaro seats, HID headlights, 650 watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate 9-speaker audio system, SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio, power sunroof, and a 30-GB Hard Drive Navigation system.

Future Shock

Combining cutting edge drivetrain technologies with clean diesel power, the Mitsubishi Concept-RA demonstrates that thrilling sport coupe performance and a sense of environmental responsibility need not be mutually exclusive. The Concept-RA features a next-generation Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system based on the new Lancer Evolution, with Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control, Sport ABS and Active Stability Control. Concept-RA augments these technologies with Active Steering and Active Damping Control suspension to further improve driver control, as well as vehicle handling and stability.

Rather than a separate hood, Concept-RA uses integrated engine covers to literally expose a potential near-future sports car powerplant: a new high output, low-emissions 2.2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbo diesel engine. The 2.2-liter clean diesel unit delivers a maximum output of 201 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of peak torque. In an effort to comply with U.S. emissions standards (Tier 2 Bin 5 emission regulations), the engine employs new diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), NOx trap catalyst (NTC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) technologies.

The Mitsubishi turbo diesel engine's MIVEC valvetrain offers continuously variable valve timing control as well as low and high speed camshaft profiles. A piezoelectric injector common-rail direct fuel injection system allows a lower compression ratio and a VD (Variable Diffuser)/VG (Variable Geometry) turbocharger. When mated to a Twin Clutch-SST gearbox, the torque-rich turbo diesel engine can provide both sporty driving performance and excellent fuel efficiency.

Mitsubishi Concept-RA makes extensive use of lightweight construction materials to boost performance, fuel economy and safety. A new body structure utilizes a space frame made from extruded aluminum sections and die-cast aluminum components. The engine covers, fenders and other outer panels are molded from impact-resistant and easily recyclable plastic resin.

Next-Generation Lancer Evolution

The 2008 Lancer Evolution is the newest and most sophisticated version of the legendary high-performance model that began in Japan 16 years ago. While remaining true to the core values that have made Lancer Evolution synonymous with thrilling performance, the next-generation model offers the kind of all-around capability and user technology that distinguish the world's best performance models.

The 2008 Lancer Evolution introduces new performance and handling technology, including an all-new 291-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged/intercooled engine and the Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) dynamic handling system. S-AWC offers an extraordinary level of control at each wheel, going well beyond the capabilities of other all-wheel drive systems. The S-AWC system regulates drive torque at each wheel by controlling a network of dynamic handling technologies, including: Active Center Differential (ACD) 4-wheel drive, Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, Active Stability Control (ASC), and Sport ABS brakes. Integration of ASC is new for all markets.

The new Lancer Evolution looks the part of a street-wise sports machine with its unique front end, aggressively sloping hood with integral air scoop and engine heat outlets, boxed fenders and 18-inch wheels. The roof, hood, front fenders and bumper beams are aluminum.

Two Lancer Evolution models are offered: the GSR with a new 5-speed manual transmission and the Lancer Evolution MR with a new 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST), a new-generation automated manual transmission. The MR model is also equipped exclusively with Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs, two-piece brake rotors for better heat dissipation, BBS forged-alloy wheels, HID headlamps and additional interior features.

Outlander 2.4 Models

Mitsubishi introduced the next-generation Outlander crossover SUV for 2007 and for 2008 added two new 4-cylinder models, the value-minded ES and the high-tech-equipped Special Edition (SE). Available with 2WD or three-mode 4WD, the ES and Special Edition models are powered by a new 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC engine teamed with a Sportronic(R) continuously variable transmission (CVT). The SE also gets the magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters.

The Outlander blends sporty dynamics, bold styling, five- or seven-passenger versatility, plus advanced user technology and onboard entertainment options. An aluminum roof lowers the center of gravity for better handling response. The segment's only flap-fold tailgate helps make loading cargo easier and can also serve as a tailgate seat that supports up to 440 lbs.

The Outlander LS and XLS models continue with a standard 220-hp 3.0-liter MIVEC V-6 engine (213 hp for PZEV-certified model) and 6-speed Sportronic automatic transmission, with the XLS featuring magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters. Outlander was the first PZEV V-6 SUV offered in the U.S.

All Outlander models gain redesigned interior door panels with cloth inserts for 2008, plus new chrome inner door handles for XLS and the SE. The FAST Key entry system is now standard on all but the entry ES model. An MP3/auxiliary input jack is newly standard for LS and XLS models, and all 4WD models get heated exterior mirrors.

Along with 18-inch wheels and amenities from the premium XLS model, the Outlander SE adds specific interior door panel trim, chrome-accented exterior door handles and side sills, mesh fabric seats with leather bolsters, and high-contrast instrument gauges.

The SE's standard 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate(R) Premium Audio system features digital signal processing and nine speakers, including a rear subwoofer. This package, which is optional on the Outlander XLS, includes SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio with 6-month pre-paid subscription. An HDD 30-gigabyte navigation system with music server is optional for Outlander, and a DVD rear seat entertainment system with 9-inch LCD screen is available as an accessory.

All Outlander models come standard with Active Stability Control (ASC) and electronic traction control (TCL). Standard safety features include an advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS), front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags (front and second row), plus an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Eclipse Coupe and Spyder Are "Attainable Exotics"

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe and Spyder combine thrilling design and performance with outstanding value. For 2009, the Eclipse GT models gain standard Active Stability Control (ASC), HID head lamps, and a new dual exhaust system that boosts the 3.8-liter MIVEC V-6 engine's output to 265 hp and boost peak torque to 262 lb.-ft. The engine is teamed to a standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional 5-speed automatic.

The Eclipse GS model's 162-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic. Both Eclipse automatic transmissions feature Sportronic shifters to allow manual gearshift control. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models, with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), plus larger, ventilated rear discs on the GT.

Eclipse combines exotic-looking interior design with comfort and safety, including standard advanced dual-stage front air bags, seat-mounted side air bags and, in the coupe models, front seat curtain side air bags.

The Eclipse Spyder is equipped with a high-tech convertible top and additional feature content over the coupe models. The automatic cloth top folds out of sight under a flush-fitting powered tonneau cover, in about 19 seconds. The top's multi-layer construction with full headliner and glass rear window creates a quiet, snug interior feeling of a coupe when it is raised.

A 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system, standard for the Spyder and optional in the coupe models, includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio with a 6-month pre-paid service subscription.

The Galant, along with the Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder models and the Endeavor crossover-type SUV, are all built in the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill. One of the industry's most flexible assembly plants, the Mitsubishi manufacturing facility proudly celebrates its 20th anniversary of vehicle production this year.

Outstanding Warranty

Mitsubishi cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks are backed by comprehensive new vehicle limited warranties. Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lancer, Galant, Endeavor and Outlander vehicles come with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; along with a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty. The high-performance Lancer Evolution is covered by a 5-year, 60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, along with a 3-year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty. Mitsubishi pickup trucks are covered by a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty that also includes powertrain components.

All Mitsubishi vehicles have a 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, along with 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance, which includes free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of approximately 500 dealers.

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