The 9th Generation Mitsubishi Galant was released in North America for the 2004 model year and is the basis of the Magna/Verada's replacement - the Mitsubishi 380.
It is said that the 9th Generation Galant is what caused Diamante sales in North America to slump as it is comparable in size, comes in more flexible variants and is less expensive. The Galant competes directly with the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The 9th Generation Galant is built in Normal, Illinois in the United States.
The 9th Generation Galant was a huge step up from the 8th Generation Galant. The 9th Generation came with two new engines (a 2.4 Litre 4 cylinder with MIVEC and a 3.8 Litre V6). Both are simpler yet more powerful than those used in previous Galants.
All Galants have feature four-speed automatic INVECS II transmissions, four-wheel disc brakes, speed-sensitive power steering, dual stage front airbags and seat mounted side airbags.
The Galant DE is the base model Galant and is powered by the 4 cylinder engine. Standard is air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, central locking, daytime running lights and CD player with four speakers.
Featuring everything of the DE but adds ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and 16" alloy wheels. Optional is a leather pack and power sunroof.
Only available with the 3.8L V6. Besides the V6 engine is also adds climate control, tiptronic transmission mode, traction control, electric driver's seat and tyre pressure monitors over the ES.
Features everything of the LS with climate control, 6 CD player with colour monitor, 17" alloy wheels, sportss wrap steering wheel, power sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats, clear tail lights and larger swaybars front and rear.