Mitsubishi Galant

25 Oct, 2007 9:50am Ross Pinnock

Mitsubishi's Concept ZT previews forthcoming Galant

it’s longer than a BMW 5-Series but easier to park than a MINI... The new Mitsubishi Galant can manoeuvre itself into the tightest spaces thanks to hi-tech sensors.

Currently called the Concept ZT, the newcomer debuted at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show. It features a host of advanced technologies, including a new 188bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 400Nm of torque. This is linked to a twin-clutch Sport Shift Transmission (SST), which allows the driver to change gear using steering wheel-mounted paddles. The set-up is shared with the forthcoming Evo X super-saloon, as is the four-wheel-drive system. The cabin uses recyclable plastics and features an unusual full-width dash. Advanced standard kit includes the auto park function. Sen­sors in the front bumper measure the size of a space, and if the ZT fits, it simply moves into the gap.

Boosting the new model’s safety credentials is a pre-crash system, a pedestrian-friendly pop-up bonnet and a set-up that steers the car to prevent it from drifting out of its lane.

If it’s judged a success, a production version of the ZT could even make it to the UK, where it would sit above the new Lancer saloon in the line-up.

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