If you know much about cars, you know that every four or six years, if a car is selling well enough, the manufacturer releases an "all new" series with the same name. Sometimes, the new version resembles the old in some way, and usually it stays in the same size class. Other times, the car changes sizes, appearance, and might even change from a compact to a mid-size. But there's another way to change a car, without going "all new." Usually, in the lifespan of any series, the car will get a "refresh" or a "face-lift." This usually involves changing headlamps, taillights, bumpers, and even sometimes fenders, trunks and hoods. While essentially the same car, these new additions can drastically change the appearance of the car.
This is the case with the Mitsubishi Galant. In 2003--as a 2004 model year--an all new Galant was introduced, moving the car from compact to mid-size. At the time, Mitsubishi was trying to go for a "family brand"-look, putting a schnoz in the middle of the grille. I don't think I'm alone in thinking it was a design mistake. Take a look:
This car looks best in red, so this is the prettiest glamor shot of it I could find. In other colors, it looks drab and kinda ugly. Somebody at Mitsubishi must've thought so too, because in 2007, they kept the same car, but gave it a face lift. Gone is the nose, but remnants of it remained. The hood still had style lines that pointed to where the nose should be, and the new replacement grille still had a bulge:
Not really much of an improvement, but better for sure. Somebody must've thought they weren't quite there yet, but there must've been enough life left in the Galant for them to try again. In 2009, they changed the hood, the grille, and the bumper. All remnants of the schnoz are gone, though--curiously--they never changed the headlamps: