Sprinter Carib

Released date : 1982/ 8/30

body type

Station Wagon


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Grade AV-II AV-I
Model type
Model type E-AL25G-MWFES E-AL25G-MWFNS
Curb mass(kg) 1015 970
Dimensions Length(mm) 4310 4175
Width(mm) 1615 1615
Height(mm) 1500 1500
Wheelbase(mm) 2430 2430
Engine Engine code 3A-U(II) 3A-U(II)
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHC Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHC
Displacement(cm3) 1452 1452
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/83/5600 -/83/5600
* 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 AL25G.
Introduced in August 1982, the Sprinter Carib was a new part-time 4-wheel-drive (4WD) 5-door wagon for leisure-oriented users. It was Toyota's answer to the growing needs for 4WD vehicles that could be used as regular passenger cars (the so-called "4WDs for everyday use" or "4WD RVs), a segment in which Subaru took an early lead with the Leone. The Sprinter Carib used the platform of the second-generation Tercel and was built as a high-roofed station wagon.

The Carib's part-time 4WD system was based on the front-wheel-drive (FWD) system of the Tercel/Corsa with the engine mounted lengthwise in the front, to which a 5-speed transmission with an extra-low gear setting was added. Unlike the Leone 4WD, the Carib did not use a sub transmission. Its drivetrain layout was called a part-time 4WD because the driver could switch between FWD and 4WD modes with a lever. Its notable external features included the high roof, the rugged-looking front grille, the lower edges of the rear quarter windows that sank even lower than the beltline, and the asymmetric tailgate. These design features were also adopted by the second-generation model. The Carib came with a 1.5-liter, 83 PS engine. The extra-low gear (with a larger gear ratio than that of the low gear in the 5-speed manual transmission) was engaged to increase the driving power only when the vehicle was in the 4WD mode. A 3-speed automatic model was added to the lineup in October 1983.
Plant Takaoka plant
The meaning of "sprinter" is the same as in English. "Carib" is meant as an abbreviation of "caribou" (reindeer).

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