Various ideas were adopted to mount the engine vertically on the front midship.
The transmission is also set up vertically like the engine, and the differential gear is located on the left side of the center of the engine.
The drive shaft has a revolutionary structure that penetrates the crankcase, and the engine is tilted 35 degrees to the right to reduce the center of gravity.
By the way, the in-line five-cylinder 2L engine is equipped with four valves per cylinder in spite of SOHC, and adopts aluminum block and primary couple balancer mechanism.
The unit is finished in a lightweight and compact unit that achieves high output, low vibration and low noise, and a smooth feeling.
Of course, the styling of the 4-door hardtop is a point that cannot be removed when talking about inspiration.
The long wheelbase and short front overhang are bold and distinctive, and the stretchy proportions create a luxurious and high-quality feel appropriate for a high-end car.
The use of clear, deep multi-reflector headlights and hybrid rear combination lamps further enhances the appeal.
By the way, in the minor change in 1992, a wide body specification with large bumpers on the front and rear was added. Here, in addition to the 2L, the 2.5L G25A type was also installed, and the car name was released as "Inspire".
The cruise control main switch and the sunroof on / off switch are located on the right side of the instrument panel. Cruise control is standard equipment on the AX-i, and operation is performed using steering buttons.
Hachimaru Hero May 2019 vol.53 [All the contents in the article are as of the time of publication]