The Mitsubishi Celeste was released in February 1975 as a replacement for the Mitsubishi Galant FTO. In other parts of the world, the legendary Japanese carmaker marketed the stunning coupe as the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste, the Colt Celeste, the Chrysler Lancer Hatchback, the Dodge Lancer Celeste, the Dodge Celeste, the Plymouth Arrow, the Dodge Arrow.
Initially, the first Mitsubishi Celeste series was powered by a 1.4-liter and a 1.6-liter engine. In 1979, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation released a refreshed version of the coupe complete with a new exterior, an optional manual transmission, and a more powerful SOHC G32B engine. In other parts of the world, it was rebranded as the Mitsubishi Lancer.
In the Philippines, the Mitsubishi Celeste was enjoyed in the 1970s up to the early 1980s due to its dynamic styling reminiscent of lean muscle cars that once dominated the streets of Manila. It was later replaced by the second-generation Mitsubishi Lancer.
The Mitsubishi Celeste measures 4,160mm long, 1,610mm wide, and 1,329mm tall. It features a sporty exterior detailed with an elongated front fascia, a pair of rectangular headlights, dual windshield wiper, black-painted metal bumpers at the front and rear, wide horizontal radiator grille, amber-colored turn lights, body-colored door handles, quarter-window louvers with slats, tail lamps with chrome strips, and a broad sloping rear glass. Completing its sleek road presence is a set of 13-inch alloy wheels.
The Mitsubishi Celeste offers a cozy interior courtesy of its 2,340mm wheelbase. Notable interior highlights include the adjustable steering wheel with heating features, adjustable driver’s seat, sliding and reclining rear seats, an ergonomically-designed dashboard, trip odometer, water and outdoor temperature display, manually-adjustable windows, glove box, and door pockets for storage.
Platform & Chassis
The Mitsubishi Celeste utilized the A7 1A-A78A platform under the Mitsubishi Lancer series. It is built with a Macpherson strut suspension with coil springs, anti-roll bar, and rigid axle at the front and a leaf spring suspension at the rear. Its braking power is assisted by discs at the front and drums at the rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Mitsubishi Celeste is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle. It was offered in a 1.4-liter, a 1.6-liter, a 2.0-liter, a 2.0-liter Astron, and a 2.6-liter engine. It is paired with a four to a five-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic transmission.