1994 Toyota Vista 01

While the Camry became a US-centric model with the narrower, shorter Japanese version eliminated, the Vista was now the only vehicle that continueed to be built around the 4,700 mm (185.0 in) x 1,700 mm (66.9 in) length-width bracket, legacy of a Japanese taxation law. With this redesign, however, Toyota decided to revitalize the Vista nameplate. The car is 100 mm (3.9 in) taller than its predecessor.

This Vista is significant because it's one of the first fruits of Toyota's company-wide platform renewal efforts. Studies for new FWD platform and packaging (layout) began in 1993 and appeared on market in February 1997 in the Toyota Prius, but the Vista is the first mass-production, FWD Toyota with a new platform. Toyota claims this is the first true redesign and re-think of its FWD platforms since the 1982 Camry/Vista. With this platform, Toyota trades rear McPherson Struts for a torsion beam axle setup. A double-wishbone setup reminiscent of the Nissan Primera axle is available for all-wheel drive—this will become the rear suspension for more demanding FWD cars such as the final Toyota Celica. Toyota also flips the engine orientation so that the intake manifold is in front, improving space efficiency.

Production 1994-1998
Assembly Tsutsumi, Japan
Body style(s) 4-door sedan4-door hardtop
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 1.8 L I42.0 L I42.2 L I4 (turbodiesel)
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104 in)
Length 4,625 mm (182.1 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,410 mm (56 in)–1,435 mm (56.5 in)
Curb Weight 1,310 kg (2,900 lb)
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