This is the new Lancer. Although its now called the Mitsubishi Galant Fortis. Odd name indeed. From what we can gather, Fortis is Latin for strong, steadfast, courageous. Right.
Mitsubishi needs this car for an all new assault on the medium car market, with the Lancer Evolution X kicking up a huge storm with its aggressive and powerful design - the boys over at Subaru must be a little scared given the abomination they now call the MY08 Impreza WRX.
“new-generation global sedan with world-class levels of safety, environmental performance and comfort”.
The new Lancer.. Galant is powered by the same engine as the Evo X (albeit without a turbo and other modifications), a new 2-liter engine with aluminum cylinder block. When your Halo car is based on an everyday sedan, it is bound to help improve the sporty image of the new Galant.
However Mitsubishi has also concentrated a great deal of effort on safety with a high-rigidity platform to improve crash worthiness. No details from Mitsubishi Australia as of yet.
It would be interesting to see if Mitsubishi will drop the Lancer from the name, and whether or not the new Evo X will be priced above 70k.