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Chicago Auto Show: 2009 Mitsubishi Galant, Three Varieties of Boring

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In case you were wondering, Mitsubishi did bust out a trio of updated Galants on Thursday, and we were monumentally underwhelmed. The Galant Sport, Galant Sport V6, and the Galant Ralliart all took a bow. The cars are available with a mix and match of the 2.4 L 4 cyl MiVEC, 3.8 L V6, and 3.8L V6 equipped with MiVEC, traction control, and Nav system as well as external indicators of the various performance levels.


Though the outside is iffy, the insides aren't bad, and the sound system choices are respectable, with a 360W Rockford Acoustics designed 8 speaker system, 7" touchscreen, and 6 months of free Sirius radio. We don't want to bust on the Galants too much because that would be mean, but at this point, prettying up the Galant is like putting lipstick on a pig. In case you were wondering why there are only pics of two cars, we're assuming the Galant Sport (sans V6) would have put the gathered masses to sleep.

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@combat chuck: Too true. I thought it was a competition winner for auto design mashups:

Who can put the most design cues from all different manufacturers into one car?

@lascauxcaveman: That car looks like it desperately wants to be a C-class Mercedes. The Lexus badge and the grill depth were the only giveaways.

This car may well be a rentall car, because it practically defines anonymous. Even a Canadian in East L.A couldn't get highjacked in this thing, because it's so inoffensive.

Mitsubishi used to have distinctive cars. This has no identity, and is a motorized marshmallow.

Pass. If I want to drive a Taurus, I'll go and buy one, right after I get a vasectomy/lobotomy combo.