Toyota Cresta X50-X60 Series

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Toyota Cresta

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Toyota Cresta series (1980-1984)

The first was introduced April 1980 and was exclusively at the renamed Toyota Store (formerly Toyota Store) sales channels Japan, joining the recently Chaser. The Cresta was positioned as a luxury sedan just the established, traditional luxury the Crown. The sales goal of the was to provide buyers with a sedan, but not incur expensive taxes for exceeding dimension — so the Cresta was limited to an size at 2000cc as well as under 4.7 metres (15.4 ft) 1.7 metres (5.6 ft) wide, and 2 (6.6 ft) high.

The Cresta was with halogen headlights to a modern European appearance, and was with a full range of amenities and conveniences. The SOHC 2.0 M-EU engine was used an automatic transmission only, was shared with the Crown, as as the 2.0 litre 1G-EU straight six also used in the Crown. levels used names to suggest luxury overtones, as Super Lucent, Super Super Deluxe, Super and Custom, names that similarly used on the Crown. level trim levels two-tone paint schemes to the Cresta’s elevated status a younger demographic.

Initial Reaction

Initial on the Japanese market after the was released in April 1980 was it sweeping the sales chart in the luxury car arena. For its time it was a looking car, and the first Toyota in a long time could truly be described as For too long the Toyota ‘big’ have been staid, dowdy. Not so Cresta! Its European and refined styling set it apart any other car in the model line-up Toyota and the obvious attention to styling had achieved a design appeared small from the but which had the interior room of a far car.

Weight-savings (and improvements in economy) were by increased use of lightweight materials and the decrease in sheet metal due to the low waistline and bigger glass However, the greatest weight-saving was under the bonnet! The top power in the model line-up was a 2.0-litre, fuel-injected six cylinder. This a totally new one for Toyota, was 40 kg lighter old M-series six cylinder engines Australians had been used to in the Cressida and Crown models. was also a 1.8 litre four

The small capacity six — and it was — in fact weighed in the Sigma 2.6-litre four-cylinder which back in 1980 had the of being one of the lightest engines available. The Toyata engine is smooth, a result of the six very cylinders, and with fuel-injection incredibly responsive. It was also quiet. The engine met Japan’s requirements easily, although able to use unleaded fuel and converters did of course make a difference. However, with the to fine tune fuel more easily than carburetion, the problems of meeting requirements was overcome.

The easy from the engine was transmitted to the through either a five-speed gearbox, or a three-speed plus overdrive (four speed) transmission. Under normal the gearbox changes smoothly little between-shift bump. The overdrive switched in on top gear at 3000 rpm (redline 5800 but could be locked out for city Flooring the pedal resulted in jerky changes from the but it was not uncomfortable. Shifting manually the auto) allowed for good performance and there was little noise even when right out to the limit.

Two Suspension Packages

The Cresta was in two different suspension packages one a typically soft Toyota package which was suited to stop/start traffic driving the city, and their were others who preferred it due to the poor constantly-under-repair metropolitan roads. things never change. For who wanted to spend a bit more on the freeway there was a much sports package available. The were made by fitting with heavier spring and by some slight adjustment of the absorber valving. Suspension of course, independent all round.

On the

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In terms of trim and equipment the was definitely an up market number fairly and squarely at the junior set. Full instrumentation was including tachometer. Air-conditioning and a responsive power steering standard in the top line model with a full component system and cruise control onboard computer. Seating was — the front buckets contoured with lumber for the lower back. The car offered of legroom both front and even with the front right back. The heavy velour trim was comfortable and and along with extensive to sound proofing, created an environment which was remarkably

Even at cruising speed is little or no intrusion of road or noise and it was obvious to road of the time that the design and teams had paid a lot of attention to In the fuel economy stakes, the engines returned around 10 per 100 km in a combined country/city driving and six litres per 100 km at a set 60 km/h. And while the was not about to set any performance records, it was no either. The small-capacity six provided of the answers to Toyota’s general of sparkling performance evident in about every other of 1980 lineup – or at least, in they were offering to export markets, such as

On home soil, Toyota a tremendous variety of vehicles the whole range of cars small four cylinder to the huge V8-powered super limousine which was built in numbers for a select and small of companies, and government departments. But the was not without competition. For example, had the wonderful Laurel. Nevertheless, the new approach was well received buyers. In August 1983. chairman Eiji Toyoda the F1 project (Flagship and No. 1 vehicle; called the Circle-F project), a effort aimed at producing a luxury sedan for international This led to the creation of an all new, size luxury sedan for export markets — the US. A L uxury EX port to the US . Or, shortened,

Toyota Cresta X70 series

The X70 series was introduced March 8, with styling cues with the platform sharing II, with the Cresta continuing to a hardtop bodystyle, while the II remained a sedan. The X70 series to enjoy the popularity enjoyed by the generation Cresta. Power view mirrors were now western style at the leading of the front doors instead of on the fenders above the front to provide a more modern and retracted electrically for confined spaces.

The 2.0 litre diesel used in the first generation was to a 2.4 litre displacement. Styling were introduced in 1985. a twin turbo 1G-GTEU October 1985, with level designation GT Twin As a result of the twin turbo the M-TEU engine was no longer Foglights imbedded in the front were made standard with a minor styling August 1986. Also in the Cresta saw a new competitor from the Legend .

Toyota Cresta X80 series

The third generation was introduced 8, 1988. with a transition from straight edges used by Toyota products of the The top-of-the-line model, called the Lucent G included a supercharger 1G-GZE engine. The 1JZ-GE and were shared with the Special anniversary trim were introduced May 1990. a body refresh introduced that year.

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