Two different powerplants were offered. First was a 1.8L SOHC 1bbl I4 that made 80hp and 95 ft/lbs of torque. Second was a 2.2L Diesel I4 that made 58hp and 99 ft/lbs of torque.
Three different transmissions were sold. A 4-speed manual was the base unit in gasoline models, and the only unit for the diesels. Optional in the gas models were both a 5-speed manual and a 3-speed automatic.
For these first few years, only a standard cab was offered. Buyers had a choice of two different bed lengths, though. The short bed truck sat on a 104.3 inch wheelbase. The long bed truck sat on a 117.9 inch wheelbase. Only the short bed was available with four wheel drive, however.