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History of Toyota Previa
The Toyota Previa is a multi-purpose vehicle produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota since 1990. Also known as the Estima, Canarado and Tarago, depending on the country it''s sold in, the Previa name is based on the Italian and Spanish word for ''preview''. Toyota said the name Previa was chosen as it would become known as a vehicle that was a preview of technologies used in future people carriers. The Previa is one of the largest MPV-type vehicles in the Toyota line up. The Toyota Previa was one of the first purpose built MPVs on the market when it launched back in 1990, and it is still highly regarded to this day. It is a roomy and refined example of a people carrier that still sells well on the used car market; particularly the second gen diesel offering.
First Generation Toyota Previa (1990 - 1999)
The first generation Previa launched in 1990. It was designed by Tokuo Fukuichi and David Doyle, with the Mk1 model featuring one sliding side door as access for rear passengers. It used a mid-engined platform which was unique at the time, allowing for the four-cylinder petrol-powered engine to be installed beneath the front seats. This meant that all accessories powered by the engine, including the alternator, power steering pump and radiator fan, are accessible from the front bonnet. They are driven off the front of the engine by an accessory driveshaft, known as the Supplemental Accessory Drive System. This helps to create better, more even front/rear weight distribution, improving ride quality and handling.
The first gen Previa was able to seat seven or eight people, with the option of three seating configurations including bench seats at the rear that could split and fold flat. The seven seat vehicles also had the option of two independently rotating captain''s chairs in the front, known as ''Quad Seating''.
Rear- and all-wheel drive versions were offered with the Mk1 Previa, both of which were powered by a 2.4 L four-cylinder fuel injection engine, offering 135 bhp. Buyers had the option of a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual gearbox.
Second Generation Toyota Previa (2000 - 2005)
Toyota launched the new dynamically designed front wheel drive Mk2 Toyota Previa in 2000, which was not available in North America. This model boasted a slightly longer wheelbase, although it was both narrower and lower than its predecessor. It was based on the Camry platform and switched to an FF layout for this generation. Passenger doors on both sides were included, with an interior cabin designed for up to eight passengers. What Car? praised the Previa for its comfortable design and tidy handling, and said there is little to be concerned about when it comes to the engines and gearboxes. One of the few known issues with the Previa comes from a fault in the fuel safety cut-off system, which can cause the engine to misfire.
For European market models, petrol and diesel engines were now offered for the new Mk2. The diesel engine was a 2.0 L with 116 hp, while the petrol option was a 2.4 L with 156 hp. Both models came with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, although a four-speed automatic was available on petrol models.
Toyota launched a second gen Hybrid model for the Japanese market from 2001, which used Toyota''s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology paired with a single electric motor and mechanical CVT in its transmission. Toyota claim that the this was the first hybrid minivan.