Mitsubishi Diamante (1999) by Tom Hagin Review

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The new Mitsubishi Diamante in the crowded near-luxury segment of the market. The original model, from 1991-96, was Japanese-built and on a version of the 3000GT sports car

The new model, introduced in 1997, was in two trim levels, but now there is one version that replaces and it’s ultra-luxurious.

OUTSIDE Diamante underwent a redesign two ago which brought a new styling a more substantial look and a of continents (Australia) where it is And although it rides on the same wheelbase as its predecessor, the similarities the two cars end there. The body is almost four inches and the new exterior design uses angles and sharp creases, the current trend of round is

It does, however, follow the trend of stiffer is better, and now of more structural rigidity. also 300 pounds lighter, to an increased use of aluminum. Aerodynamics played a big role in the new shape, its sculpted, V-shaped nose, raked windshield and arched lid all playing a role in an ultra-slippery coefficient of drag.

INSIDE – Inside there is 7.4 cubic feet of interior space. The standard is a durable cloth, while seating comes as part of a The bucket front seats are and supportive, with plenty of bolstering, and the driver’s seat is adjustable 10 ways. Power seats are also part of an package. The extra interior also means more in the back seat, and a true seating capacity.

The dashboard is filled with instrumentation, and the audio/climate controls are to use with rocker buttons and knobs for controls. And since the features list is lengthy, list the major items automatic climate control, stereo, variable speed wipers, cruise control, windows, outside mirrors and locks, rear window and rear rear seat ducts.

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ON THE ROAD – The new is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine single overhead camshafts and 24 This engine is shared in with the company’s Montero but is tuned to produce different and torque curves. Its 210 horsepower is than enough to compete in its and its 231 lb-ft of torque gives it good passing power and launch.

It is fitted with the latest in that includes electronically-controlled fuel injection, distributor-less, ignition, and a rugged four-bolt bearing engine block. to this is a four-speed automatic with the ability to learn the patterns of the driver. Unlike gearboxes that use a specific set of representing a wide range of Diamante ‘s automatic on a continuum, making decisions on driver habits.

And new this year is an optional control, which limits on slippery surfaces.

BEHIND THE – A luxury cruiser as Diamante should have a ride, and it does. Isolation road imperfections seems to be its so the ride is soft and quiet. The is so quiet that the only we heard came from rushing around its big, outside mirrors. It uses strut-type front suspension and a rear layout, with rack-and-pinion steering.

Coil springs and an anti-roll bar are front and rear, and our tester’s 16-inch V-rated tires are grippier than the standard rubber. It uses four-wheel brakes with a standard braking system, (ABS) and its is about on a par with others in its though we detected a bit of body and front end dive under cornering and severe stopping,

SAFETY – ABS, dashboard airbags and side-impact beams are standard, while control is optional.

OPTIONS Platinum Package: $3,751; wheels: $840.

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