It replaced the Dasher in 1982. The same 3 body styles were shared with its predecessor, which were 3-door hatch, 4-door sedan, and station wagon. Wheelbase was longer though at just over 100 inches. Base and GL were the trim levels offered.
The only power source for ’82 was a 1.7L SOHC EFI I4. It made 74hp and 90 ft/lbs of torque. This engine carried forward as standard equipment for ’83. Added optionally for ’83 was a 1.6L SOHC Turbo-Diesel I4, which made 68hp and 98 ft/lbs of torque. Also added for the ’83 model year, although late, was a 2.2L SOHC EFI Audi I5. This one put out 100hp and 112 ft/lbs of torque.
A usual fare of 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic were what did the gear changing. The diesel had a unique feature in its 5-speed transmission though. It had a feature called ‘E-mode’ which totally disconnected the engine when the accelerator pedal was lifted from.
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