Mitsubishi is looking to capture some lost momentum with the release of a significantly new Outlander compact SUV. Based on the same platform as the upcoming Lancer, the Outlander has grown sufficiently in size to offer optional third-row seating. A standard 3.0L V6 provides the power in FWD and AWD models. The convertible version of the new Eclipse appears this year. Engines and options follow that of the strong selling coupe version. The convertible features a slick power-operated top that operates in 19 seconds. The Galant gains a Ralliart package this year in attempt to bring some attention and badly needed sales to the series. Freshened front and rear styling and a new 5-speed automatic will also appear in the Galant line. The Lancer disappears from the lineup and will be replaced in 2007 by an all-new model. Fans of the Lancer Evolution are watching closely hoping the Lancer stays true to the Concept X shown in 2005.

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