2020 Mitsubishi Gallant Study Envisions The Unlikely Rebirth Of A Mid-Size Sedan

Mitsubishi, like so many of its competitors, has all but completely given up on passenger cars, focusing instead almost exclusively on crossovers. In fact only the budget-oriented Mirage remains the only “conventional” car in a US lineup otherwise made up of crossovers like the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and Eclipse Cross. But what if it got back into the sedan market?

What if it revived, say, the Galant? Then it might look a little something like this. Sent to us by budding designer Enoch Gabriel Gonzales and shared via Behance, these renderings speculate on a 2020 Mitsubishi Galant, adapting the Japanese automaker’s latest styling cues to the traditional four-door sedan form.

The Gallant was, after all, a mainstay of Mitsubishi’s lineup for 1969 through 2012, evolving along the way from a compact sedan (and coupe, hatchback, and wagon) into a mid-size one through a progression of nine generations. Mitsu sold nearly 100,000 of them in 2002, but by 2009, the Galant’s annual US sales had dwindled to less than 12,000… and never really recovered. No wonder it pulled the plug just a few years later.

It’s been much the same with other mid-size economy sedans. And that doesn’t look like it’ll change in the near future. Not as long as crossovers keep handling more and more like conventional automobiles, while offering greater space, capability, and all-around appeal – to most customers, it seems, at any rate.

But if it did change in the next couple of years, Mitsubishi and its new allies at Renault and Nissan would be wise to revive the Gallant. And the resulting sedan would probably look pretty close to this one right here.

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  • fgclolz

    Nice Accor… I mean Galant.

    • dolsh

      Nailed it. May have a little Camry in it too. It sure doesn’t have anything unique in it.

      Building this would be a great way for Mitsubishi to throw away money.

      A limited run evo though? Come on Mitsubishi!

    • Bo Hanan

      Its a mix-match of a bunch of other cars and it doesn’t look good. And it will also age very quickly, this coming from someone who’s owned 2 G-a-l-a-n-t VR4’s.

  • Rocket

    It’s not awful, but it’s nothing more than a fantasy. It’s never gonna happen. We’re probably as likely to see a Jeep supercar.

    • Liam Paul

      the odds of a Jeep super SUV are good though lol

  • Liam Paul

    I think it is very well done.

  • 101st ABN

    Is this a reskinned Altima?

    • Dude

      Maybe a reskinned Accord

  • Six_Tymes

    Most impressive. that is fresh and new looking. BUT, will they build it to look exactly like that? OBVIOUSLY, no. Shame because that really is unique, and bold, yet retains some heritage design.

    • 101st ABN

      If you mean by it being a 4 door, it retains heritage, then ok.

    • Rocket

      It’s not a Mitsubishi design. Just wishful thinking on the part of a rendering artist. Enoch has rendered modern versions of the Eclipse, Lancer, Charger and others.

      • Mr. EP9

        I remember that charger hellcat he did awhile back. Good times.

  • john1168

    I don’t like it. I realize they’re going for a common corporate look but I think Mitsubishi would do better if their designs weren’t so weird looking. I hope they can turn things around though, they have quite a history of kick ass cars.

  • MarkoS

    The front is nice, would work great on a new Evo.

  • Big Black Duck

    I thought Nissan took over Mitsu…why don’t they just make them a LandRover Defender / Jeep Wrangler / Ford Raptor Competitor arm of their portfolio?…WTF is wrong with their management..Their focus should be in building Dakar capable vehicles and nothing more..this sedan is a POS…if they want to build cars…then build those Nissan idx concepts as Mitsu’s

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Not bad!

  • Andrew Ngo

    Please don’t build it.

    • 101st ABN

      If it means the expedited demise of Mitsubishi, by all means build as soon as possible.

  • TheBelltower

    A subprime car that would only compete with the Altima.

  • :/ Yurr

    That’s actually very nice, I would buy. But Mitsubishi would never do anything this nice.

  • Harry_Wild

    Mitsubishi is owned by Nissan I think. Given that fact; the Mitsubishi designer will probably have their designs not altered by either the accounting or marketing departments to save money. The boss realizes they need a great design to sell the Galant and not a compromised design.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Front: Accord
    Side: Altima
    Back: Optima
    But it’s designed pretty accurately. If Mitsubishi came out with a new Galant it’d probably look a lot like this.

  • Nicolas Trottier

    This guy should work for Mitsubishi, they sorely need good designs!

  • SteersUright

    Hell no.

  • erly5

    Too nice to be a Mitsubishi. Distinctive without being weird, I wish there was a business case to add this to Mitsubishi’s portfolio of distinctly average Crossovers/SUVs.

  • Bob

    *Trackhawk

  • charlotteharry57

    Absolutely love it.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Needs improvements.

  • nellydesign

    Guys… this is a pretty mediocre effort from a freelance 3D modeller. There’s nothing here that’s new or exciting in terms of surface. It’s only value is in pretending that a Galant is the type of vehicle that would mean something to Mitsubishi’s portflolio. It wouldn’t.

  • charlotteharry57

    Really, the only 3 that continue to sell decently are the Camry, Altima and Accord. It has nothing to do with keeping them up-to-date. It’s all about brand reputation.

    • Six Thousand Times

      And even those are down. The Rogue, the CR-V and the RAV4 outsell them now.

  • charlotteharry57

    The other point in favor of this is that IF Mitsu could keep the starting base price around $20K, it would CRUSH the competition, since even Hyundais and Kias are no bargain anymore. Thanks to overinflated prices of CUVs, manufacturers are steadily raising prices of sedans (which makes marginal to no sense). Incentives on sedans are not consistent, so a bargain sedan is sorely needed. I’m sure it would be Altima-based (maybe last gen Altima?).

  • wait a minute

    a stunning concept car…. from the 90’s

  • Infinite1

    Looks a lot like the Lexus ES

  • Paul

    It looks good but probably wont see production looking like that.

  • Althea Later

    I’m not sure I’d call someone who just cuts and pastes every recent automotive design element, a “budding designer”.
    Copying is not designing… sorry!

  • Marc Gruben

    The easiest thing for Mitsu to do would be to rebadge the Renault Samsung SM6 (aka Renault Talisman) instead. Although it’s been in production in for a couple years already, it would still be a fresh product for the US market. I think this would be preferable to rebadging an Altima.

  • Nick Worzella

    It’s spelled Galant. Not Gallant.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The rear is iffy, but other than that, I really like it.

  • Kaido Alex

    Looks too much like an Accord with the rear from an old Lexus IS and the side profile of a Hyundai Elantra. Eitherway, nice design.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not bad. Looks realistic, at any rate.

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