The restyled Mitsubishi Galant unveiled in Chicago marks the debut of a new corporate look.
The split grille and large air openings under the front bumper will find their way to all of the company's future vehicles, said Pierre Gagnon, COO of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. He called the new look 'expressive and aggressive.'
The 2002 sedan also receives an updated interior, jeweled taillights and minor cosmetic upgrades. There are no mechanical changes.
It is scheduled to arrive in July at roughly the same price as the 2001 model, which starts at about $18,000.
In 2005, the company will roll out a redesigned Galant. A stretched version of that will become Mitsubishi's new flagship, but Gagnon wouldn't say if the flagship will retain the Diamante name.
In 2006, Mitsubishi will bring out the next generation of the Eclipse. Mitsubishi is aiming for 400,000 U.S. sales in 2005, up from 314,417 last year.