The new 2015 Galant is expected to soften some of the sharpest corners of the 2008 Mitsubishi Concept ZT pictured here, as well as insert the Outlander’s sophisticated gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrain choices to ready the car for sale.
The styling of the Concept ZT offers all the drama and presence of the top luxury marks, and even shares the long and luxurious proportions of the upcoming Cadillac CTS from some angles. The concept’s 110.8-inch wheelbase and luxury-size overall length and width are actually spot on the dimensions of the plus-sized latest Accord and Camry.
The concept’s aluminum space frame chassis is dropped for production in favor of a high-strength steel design that brings more cabin room and a bench seat for three in back, versus two for the tech-laced ZT’s rear bucket seats.
The shield grille design will carry over to production to help give the Mitsubishi sedan some of the planted stance from its Lancer Evolution sibling. The production Galant is expected to keep the chrome-trimmed, full-frame trapezoidal grille of the Evo but make it wider and a bit more flowing to match the bumper and fender graphics. A painted middle bumper breaks up the shape, while concave gloss black grille bars create a cohesive and upmarket image.