Fifth Generation Galant

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Galant (E10)
Mitsubishi Galant E10 GLS.JPG
Generation 5th Generation Galant
Available in Australia No
Body and chassis
Body style(s) 4 door sedan
Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Related First Generation Magna
Dimensions
Length 4560 mm
Width 1695 mm
Height 1385 mm

Mitsubishi released its 'Fifth Generation Galant in September 1983. Designers were tasked with creating "a new-age sedan that employs new concepts to deliver high levels of comfort and satisfaction". [1]

The vehicle was never available in Australia but is significant in Australian automotive folklore as being the basis of the first Mitsubishi Magna.

The fifth generation Galant was the first Galant to use front-wheel drive layout, reportedly chosen by engineers to create a larger interior and boot. The wedge shape, while looking like the common three-box design of the era was quite aerodynamic with low-drag resistance of just 0.36 C d. The generation introduced new series of 1.8 and 2.0 Litre engines with both ECI turbo and electronic carburetted atmo induction. The electro-carb controlled the air-fuel ratio electronically to deliver higher performance and lower fuel economy than a conventional carburettor while being less expensive than full fuel injection. These engines were joined by a 1.6 Litre petrol and 1.8 Litre turbo diesel in March 1984. A further engine enhancement came in May 1984 with the 125-147kW (power claims vary) intercooled turbo 2.0 Litre Sirius/Cyclone DASH engine featuring a unique 3x2 valve setup that switched between 2 or 3 valves per cylinder to allow for smooth power delivery and good fuel economy.

The Galant saw an extensive suite of electronics with electronically controlled automatic transmission, electric controlled suspension and electric power steering.

Unfortunately there is little information about these vehicles. What is known is that the fifth generation Galant came in a number of varieties with a number of engines around the globe. These included:

There were also 3 speed automatic transmissions, 4 speed automatic transmissions and 5 speed manual versions available.

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