1 Jun 1985
By CHRIS HARRIS
The next-generation Courier, again twinned with the Japanese built Mazda B Series, arrived with a larger, stronger and more refined body.
It was also made available with more comfort features as well as a far-wider variety of models and styles – including rear-seat Crew Cab and Super Cab variations.
The rear-drive 2WD models were joined by the option of high and low-range four-wheel drive (4WD) in both pickup (’87) and cab-chassis (’88) guises.
Petrol engines in the 4x2 models were now 84kW/155Nm 2.0-litre (’85-’88), 68kW/171Nm 2.2 (’89-’93) and 92kW/206Nm 2.6 (’91-’99), while a 47kW/135Nm 2.2 diesel lasted until a 64kW/174Nm 2.5 diesel usurped it with the introduction of the PD series in May ’96.
In 4x4 Couriers there was the 73kW/182Nm 2.6-litre until the larger 92kW/206Nm 2.6 found in the 4x2 models replaced it in ’92.