Sigma, GTI, VR-4, 240M. These are just some of the badges that have graced one of the most revered lines of automobiles in nearly 40 years of production: the Mitsubishi Galant.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation recently welcomed the arrival of the latest Galant, the SE, by inviting members of the motoring press to experience what the new flagship has to offer.

For 2010, the Galant receives a new host of advanced features and upgrades. From the outside, the new Galant SE gets a fresh new face, starting with a new hood that does away with the original Boulay touch on the outgoing 240M model and provides a new, prouder chrome grille. High Intensity Discharge projector headlamps take care of illumination duties at night, while electronically controlled side mirrors (with power folding functions) were integrated with side turning lamps. Each side of the car features protective door moldings with chrome inserts, while the roof is finished with a fin-type antenna and the back has a new pair of taillamps.

Inside, Mitsubishi's flagship sedan keeps the premium feel of the car with luxurious soft leather appointments and wood trimmings. The driver's seat gets 8-ways powered adjustability with lumbar support while the passenger seat can be adjusted 4-ways. Other comfort touches include a fully automatic climate control system, automatic retractable rear glass sunshade, separate rear aircon vents, map lamps & rear seat reading lamps and a host of compartments on the center console, instrument panel and rear seat armrest. On the dashboard, a CD/DVD/MP3 entertainment system has been seamlessly integrated, while the steering wheel also receives new upgrades with audio controls and a Tiptronic shifter for greater driving fun.

Powering the Galant SE is the 4G69 inline-4 engine, a 2.4-liter motor equipped with MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing and Electronic Control System) that adjusts valve timing for optimal performance for all driving conditions. Transmitting the engine's power and torque to the road is an INVECS-II 4-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of safety and security, the Galant SE is equipped with dual stage SRS airbags, a rearview camera plus front and reverse parking sensors, making parking easier and safer.. The central door locks also has an auto lock feature once the vehicle moves to 5 kilometers per hour and, as an additional safety feature, the Galant SE audio and video system has Bluetooth connectivity function with mobile phones, making calls a safer affair.

The most awaited upgrade, however, has to be the satellite navigation system that has been built-in with the in-car entertainment unit, allowing Galant SE owners to chart their own course in the Metro and beyond. Setting off from Manila, participants each took a new Galant SE on a pre-charted course up to Massimo's in Tagaytay City, a secluded restaurant easily found by the GPS satnav system.

Priced at PhP 1,588,000 , the 2010 Galant SE is available in three colors: Merlin Black, Excalibur Silver and Nicolei Grey.

With a new design, high level of comfort and advanced upmarket features, various members of the motoring press expressed their satisfaction on the new and upgraded flagship, adding another great badge, SE, to a long and illustrious line of Mitsubishi Galants.