Subaru Sambar began production back in 1961 as a van (van) and a truck (truck). A distinctive feature of this car is the rear engine and rear wheel drive (RR). With the advent of the fifth generation, Sambar Van commercial vans continue to make up a significant part of the range. After restyling in 1992, trucks and vans received a modified front end with new rectangular headlights and a bumper, like the Sambar Wagon. Later, versions in the "retro" design appeared in the model range of vans: Dias Classic with round headlights and a large chrome false grille, as well as a version that externally copies the first generation Volkswagen Transporter, the famous "hippiemobile" with a rear-engine layout. Commercial vans Sambar Van were produced in 2- and 4-seater versions. The body of this 5-door car is equipped with sliding side doors on both sides, the roof can be low or high. The vans could not boast of a rich complete set. They differed from the more comfortable station wagons Sambar Try and Dias in deliberate simplicity and austere interior. As usual, there is a lot of painted metal inside, the interior decoration and flooring are made of cheap, easily washable materials, the back row is a folding rigid bench. In the more expensive version of the "van" could be installed separate rear seats, air conditioning for an additional charge and central locking, although otherwise the interior remained exactly the same. The power unit of the Subaru Sambar Van is a rear-mounted SOHC8 inline 4-cylinder engine of the new EN07 series with or without compressor. Its working volume is 658 cubic meters. see Carburetor version produces 40 hp, and with a supercharger and injection system - 55 hp. In 1995, a modernized 46-horsepower naturally aspirated unit with distributed injection appeared. There was even an electric version of the Sambar EV SDX van in the lineup. With an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine and a set of batteries, this car was able to drive 150 km on a single charge and developed a maximum speed of up to 90 km / h. Sambar was equipped with rear or all-wheel drive, making the movement more stable. Depending on the modification, in addition to the traditional manual and automatic transmissions, the Sambar could be equipped with a continuously variable transmission CVT.
Subaru Sambar is built on a frame, its chassis includes both independent suspensions - front MacPherson and rear on oblique arms. The dimensions of the body of the fifth generation car: length 3295 mm, width 1395 mm, height of the Sambar Van is 1780-1910 mm. The wheelbase has a size of only 1885 mm, all cars were equipped with 12-inch tires as standard. Turning radius 3.9 meters - not every car can boast of such agility. The commercial Sambar Van series was distinguished by its increased spaciousness and practicality, especially in the version with a rear bench - when it is folded into the floor, a huge cargo compartment is formed: its length is 1820 mm, and its width and height are 1240 and 1230 mm.
The fifth generation Sambar has been fitted with front disc brakes and power steering rack and pinion for more comfortable and safe handling. Sambar Van has three-point seat belts in front, rear head restraints are only on models with separate seats. There is a built-in protection system against displacement of the load when transporting things. The wagon body layout of the Sambar was combined with a short wheelbase, which in itself reduced safety - in this case, the front suspension is shifted back relative to the front seats and cannot serve to effectively absorb the impact in a collision. In many countries, the fifth generation Sambar is appreciated by amateurs for its original appearance, reliable design, cross-country ability, and compactness. As a unique mini-car of the 90s, the Sambar of this series is often even a collector's item. The car was considered strong enough, at least in terms of the chassis and body, which, unfortunately, cannot be said about the low-volume engine, which does not have a large resource.