Daihatsu Charade - car review

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The front-wheel drive car class Daihatsu Charade supermini was produced from 1977 to 2000. The first generation Charade G10 appeared in 1977. It was produced in the back of a 3- or 5-door hatchback.

The G10 of the first series (1977โ€“80) had round headlights, and a later version of the G10 series 2 (1980โ€“83) was square. The 0.993 liter 3-cylinder engine had a power of 50 hp. This model was very popular in the 80s in Chile and some other Latin American countries. Production continued until 1983. The launch of the second generation (G11) in 1983 was marked by the advent of upgraded R3 1-liter engines, including a turbocharged engine with a capacity of 68 hp. and diesel.

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They are aggregated with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The body is still a 3-and 5-door hatchback. G11 also came out in two series: the first with "square" headlights, the second - with rounded "feline". In Europe, the Daihatsu Charade platform, engines and transmissions were used as the basis for the Innocenti models. The third generation Daihatsu Charade (G100) debuted in 1987. Hatchbacks G100 was equipped with both gasoline engines of 1 and 1.3 liters, and 1 liter turbo diesel. In 1988, a version with a sedan.

The GTti modification in the Japanese market was called the GT-XX and had a sunroof, power windows, power steering and airbag; she also differed in the interior and exterior bodywork. From 1988 to 1992, the car was sold in the North American market, the sale was not doing well: in 1989, for example, 15,118 cars were sold, which is relatively small for the US market. For this reason, in 1990, from the Daihatsu Charade line for Americans, there were only two modifications: the base and SX, equipped with automatic transmission. Also, the model was sold in Australia, and also only with gasoline engines. In 1994, the production of the fourth-generation Daihatsu Charade (G200) began.

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The car was produced in hatchback and sedan. The sedan with a 1.5-liter engine (90 hp) was equipped for an extra charge with all-wheel drive. Build versions with diesel engines has been discontinued. GTti modified GTi with a 16-valve 1.6-liter SOHC engine. For the Japanese market, the power of this engine was 124 hp, and the power of the export version was limited to 105 hp. In the development of this car (G203) took part former racer Italian de Tomaso; the car was equipped with Recaro seats, a sports steering wheel and Pirelli tires.

A total of about 120,000 Charade Gti were produced. In 1996, the model has undergone a facelift: the grille and headlights have changed, which have become similar to similar exterior exterior parts of the Toyota Starlet. In 2000, the release of Charade was completed, and the production of Sirion / Storia (Toyota Duet) began.

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The dimensions of the 4-door 5-seater sedan are 4085/1620/1390 mm with a base of 2395 mm and a track of 1385/1390 mm. The curb weight of the car 830 kg, full - 1350 kg. Clearance 160 mm. Trunk volume is 345 liters. The hatchback, these parameters, respectively, 3780/1620/1390 mm; other sizes do not change, with the exception of the trunk, the capacity of which reaches 205 liters and 505 liters - in the state with the rear seat folded. The internal dimensions of the cabin - 1740 x 1345 x 1155 mm.

The base engine was a 1-liter 3-cylinder engine with exhaust manifold located in front; This engine design, starting from the first generation of the Charade, has proven itself very well in liter-class cars and minicars. This motor with a cylinder block made of aluminum alloy, the developers of Daihatsu called the ideal option for the car in this market segment. In fact, its weight is so small that it completely suggests its installation on a small car. Along with it, in Japan and many European countries, the R4 16V 1.296 liter engine with distributed SOHC injection (84 hp / 6500 rpm; 105 Nm / 5000 rpm) was used. Acceleration to "hundreds" is 11 s (with automatic transmission - 12.9 s).

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The maximum speed of 170 km / h (165 km / h). Fuel consumption on the highway 5.6 (5.9) l, in the city - 8.9 (10.2) l / 100 km. Fuel type - gasoline AI-80. Also used were 1.5 liter engines (75 and 90 hp) and 1.6 liter (105 hp). Motors are aggregated with a 5-speed manual gearbox or with 4AKPP.

Suspension independent: MacPherson strut struts and wishbone front, MacPherson strut and dual wishbone rear. Steering gear-rack type with power steering. Front disc brakes, rear drum. The standard tire size is 145 R13. Active safety features include ABS and Brake Assist. A rather "brisk" engine, front-wheel drive transmission and a 5-speed gearbox ensured the performance characteristics of the Charade model at the level of the requirements of those years.

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