Released date : 1983/ 5/12

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Grade 1500_SE saloon 1500_DX 1300_DX
Model type
Curb mass(kg) 870 825 840
Dimensions Length(mm) 4135 4135 4135
Width(mm) 1635 1635 1635
Height(mm) 1385 1385 1385
Wheelbase(mm) 2430 2430 2430
Engine Engine code 3A-LU 3A-LU 2A-LU
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHC Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHC Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHC
Displacement(cm3) 1452 1452 1295
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/83/5600 -/83/5600 -/75/6000
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are AE81(1500), AE80(1300), CE80(1800Diesel).
Released in May 1983, the fifth-generation Corolla (and Sprinter) represented a most comprehensive model change in its history. The family-use sedan followed the worldwide trend and switched its layout from front-engine, rear-wheel-drive (FR) to front-engine, front-wheel-drive. The coupé model was also renovated at this time, though it retained the FR layout to secure sporty driving performance.

The sedan came with 4- and 5-door versions, and the latter came to be referred to as the liftback. The exterior design became more European, featuring a slant nose styling and matching non-standard-shaped headlamps. The front and rear bumpers were made of plastics rather than metal or polyurethane, and were integrated with the body. The fender mirrors were replaced with door mirrors, and an independent 4-wheel MacPherson strut front and rear suspension was employed. The transversely mounted engine could be chosen from 1.3-liter SOHC (2A-LU), 1.5-liter (3A-LU), 1.8-liter diesel (1C-LU), and 1.6-liter EFI (4A-ELU) units. The 1.6-liter model adopted an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission for the first time in its vehicle class. The wagon and van were not fully renewed, and existing models continued to be manufactured, with the roof raised by 45 mm to increase the head clearance and cabin capacity.
Plant Takaoka plant, Kanto Auto Works, Ltd., DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. [from Sep. 1984]
A "corolla" is the ring of petals around the central part of a flower. The name was intended to evoke the image of a beautifully styled, eye-catching compact car.

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