Released date : 1982/ 1/26

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Grade 1500_Standard 1800_GX 2000 Twin Cam_GT
Model type
Model type E-AT140-TEKRS E-ST140-TEKNS E-RT141-TEMQF
Curb mass(kg) 965 1005 1160
Dimensions Length(mm) 4495 4495 4570
Width(mm) 1660 1660 1660
Height(mm) 1385 1385 1395
Wheelbase(mm) 2500 2500 2500
Engine Engine code 3A-U(II) 1S-U 18R-GEU
Engine type 4-cylinder, OHC 4-cylinder, OHC 4-cylinder, DOHC-EFI
Displacement(cm3) 1452 1832 1968
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/83/5600 -/100/5400 -/135/5800
* 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 AT140(1500), ST140(1800), TT142(1800), CT140(1800), RT141(2000).
The seventh-generation Corona was placed on the market in January 1982, sharing the platform with the third-generation Carina and Celica that were remodeled in September 1981. The conservative family car-like design of the previous models gave way to the more dynamic one, characterized by the sharp and linear lines that emphasized the innovative wedge-shaped styling.

The three body types included a 4-door sedan, a 2-door hardtop, and a 4-door van. The liftback version was discontinued. The hardtop version emphasized a sporty image by using the body shell of the low-profiled Celica rather than that of the sedan.

As the new Corona shared the chassis and suspensions with the third-generation Carina and Celica, the steering system was switched to a rack-and-pinion type, further improving the responsiveness to drivers' command. The sports grade models adopted a 4-wheel independent suspension to enhance the image of a high-performing vehicle. The lineup of five available engines, including the new-generation LASRE series, consisted of 1.5-liter (3A-U), 1.8-liter (1S-U and 3T-EU), 2.0-liter DOHC (18R-GEU), and 1.8-liter diesel (1C) units. In October 1982, the Corona became the first Japanese-made production car to carry a 1.8-liter DOHC turbocharged unit (160 PS, 3T-GTEU).

In October 1983, the seventh-generation models were culled significantly to coincide with the launch of the eighth-generation front-engine, front-wheel-drive (FF) 4-door Corona. As the FF 5-door liftback model had already been released earlier in January, the Corona sedan lineup at the time included three models: an FF 4-door, a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive (FR) 4-door, and an FF 5-door liftback. In August 1985, a Celica-based notchback coupé (introduced simultaneously with the FF fourth-generation Celica) succeeded the Corona FR hardtop.
Plant Tsutsumi plant, Toyota Auto Body Co.,Ltd.
The "corona" is the ring of pearly light around the sun. The name was apt for this robust and approachable family car.

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