Galant

1996

Galant

The eighth-generation Galant took the stage in August 1996 as the first mass production model anywhere to be powered by a environmentally-friendly, ultra-efficiency Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI, 1.8L) engine that delivered a high power output while returning low consumption by injecting fuel directly into the cylinders to achieve ultra-lean combustion. It boosted power by 10 percent, improved fuel consumption by 35 percent and cut CO2 emissions by 35 percent. While retaining virtually the same body size as its predecessor, the Galant used a 20mm increase in height to provide interior space that was among the roomiest in its class. The exterior used bold, sporty styling that gave accent to its Galant pedigree, while the interior added a sporty taste to the fine quality that befitted a vehicle of its status. It was fitted with the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System (MMCS), the latest in in-vehicle navigation systems. The safety specification included the Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body and anti-lock braking on all models, while Active Yaw Control (AYC) and Active Stability Control (ASC) were standard on certain trim levels. In recognition of the evolution it brought to interior space and safety as well as to driving dynamics and comfort, the new Galant followed in the footsteps of the sixth iteration model to win the Japan Car of the Year Award 1996-97. Powered by a 280PS 2.5L V6 intercooled twin-turbo engine mated to an INVECS-II Sport Mode 5-speed automatic transmission and with a viscous-coupled full-time 4WD driveline, the Galant VR-4 performance model allowed the driver a heart-thumping level of sport driving. A 2.4L GDI model was added in August 1998 and in May 2000 a 2.0L GDI engine replaced the 1.8L GDI unit.

Overall length 4620 mm
Overall width 1740 mm
Overall height 1420 mm
Engines 1.8 L, 2.5 L turbo