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22 Feb 2001

The 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine produces 115kW at 5600rpm, with 221Nm of torque at 4000rpm The engine uses twin overhead camshafts and four-valves per cylinder The engine uses long-stroke design as part of the strategy to maximise torque output Variable valve timing (VVT) on the intake camshaft regulates timing according to engine speed to maximise power and torque Twin contra-rotating balance shafts to counteract inertia forces in the engine The new Tarago shares nothing with its mid-engined predecessor The swooping nose and rear spoiler help the Tarago achieve an excellent 0.30 aerodynamic drag figure Front suspension is by MacPherson struts A semi-independent torsion-beam design is used at the rearGLi Tarago has seating for eight passengers Centre and third-row bench seats slide forward on a common rail offering multiple seating positions The Tarago offers 35mm more headroom than the previous model The Tarago now gets two sliding rear doors for easier access Standard wheels are 6.5JJx15 steel with plastic trims Tyres are 205/65R15 steel-belted radials The Tarago's wheelbase is increased by 40mm although overall length is the same A 15mm reduction in height helps access in low-clearance situations The rearmost seat base folds forward to maximise luggage space Rear seat offers 825mm of fore-aft travel Centre row seat offers 485mm of fore-aft travel The Tarago's floor height is lower than the previous model The driver sits 230mm further back from the front axle The Tarago weighs, on average, 85kg less than the previous model Side-impact protection includes pipe-type beams in front and side doors, and special design of B-pillars, roof and floor Rear passengers have an overhead control panel for the heating-air conditioning system

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