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Toyota Belta XP90, 1 generation 11.2005 - 07.2008

1 generation
(XP90) 11.2005 - 07.2008
1 generation
Based on the Vitz model, this compact sedan is Toyota Platz's successor. Externally, this car follows the trend characteristic of Toyota at that time - rounded, “puffy” shapes. At the same time, the sedan has a more harmonious exterior than its predecessor. Yes, and translated from Italian, the word Belta means "beautiful." In the North American market, in Australia, it is sold as Yaris. The engine, suspension, steering of the sedan are the same as those of the Vitz. But all body panels are changed. Inside, it's almost the same Vitz, but the front panel as a whole has a slightly different design with streamlined elements. Interestingly, the weight of Belta is almost the same as that of the hatchback (in the basic configuration, the sedan is only 10 kg heavier than the similar Vitz). The Belta sedan is equipped with gasoline engines of 1 liter and 1.3 liters.
 When developing a new model, the company decided to abandon the formula by which the predecessor was built and which approximately sounded like "Platz is Vitz plus the trunk." In addition to the fact that the Belta wheelbase is 90 mm larger than the current Vitz and is 2550 mm, the side pillars of the new sedan are pushed back, the seat structure is newly developed, their attachment points in the cabin and the angle of the backrest are changed. The result is a harmonious appearance, and the rear seats are spacious Belta, as in the Corolla. On the other hand, the height of the body, as well as the ceiling, is slightly reduced compared to the Vitz, so it will be convenient for less tall people from behind. The most inexpensive version of the 1.0 X sedan is equipped with 14-inch wheels, air conditioning, power windows, an audio system (radio / CD) with two speakers. You can also purchase a sports version of the X configuration - it is equipped with front and rear lower spoilers. In the top version of G, a smart entry and start system is installed, climate control instead of a manual air conditioner, the back seat is folded in parts.  With a 1.3-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, the Toyota Belta sedan is available in front-wheel drive, as well as in a version with permanent all-wheel drive and improved torque - in both cases, the 2SZ-FE engine power will be 87 horsepower, but the 4WD version has 120 Nm traction torque versus 116 for a single-drive. In the first case, the engine is aggregated with a variator, in the second - with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The version with the 1.0-liter engine is only front-wheel drive - with this modification, the three-cylinder unit 1KR-FE develops a maximum of 71 hp. and 94 Nm of torque. The profitability indicator for this version reaches a value of 22.5 kilometers per 1 liter of gasoline (4.4 l / 100 km). In versions of 1.3 liters - from 20 to 16 kilometers per liter (5-6.25 l / 100km). The volume of the tank in the sedan is quite enough to refuel less often - 42 liters. The chassis of the Toyota Belta has the same design as the Vitz. Front - MacPherson strut. Rear - semi-independent suspension with a torsion beam. But the sedan has retuned shock absorbers, anti-roll bars. In the basic version, 165 / 70R14 wheels were installed, and in the more expensive ones with a 1.3-liter engine, 185 / 60R15. Cars with 4WD give you the opportunity to take full advantage of this type of transmission on slippery roads and in bad weather. Toyota Belta is equipped with an electric power steering, ventilated disc brakes on the front axle and drum on the rear. The dimensions of the body of the sedan are: length 4300 mm, width 1690 mm, height 1460 mm. The wheelbase is 2550 mm, and the turning radius is 4.6-4.9 m. The curb weight of the car is from 990 to 1120 kg. Interior dimensions: 1965 x 1390 x 1200 mm. It is 110 mm longer than the Vitz, but also 70 mm lower. Trunk volume 450 liters. In configuration G, the rear seat can be folded in parts (60:40).

 Of the security systems, this compact car will offer frontal, side airbags and curtain airbags. The front seats are equipped with headrest protection (WIL), seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters. The standard set of electronic “assistants” responsible for active safety and traffic control includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), a brake force distribution system (EBD), and an auxiliary braking system (BAS). As an option for picking G, an electronic stability control system was offered.

 Like the Vitz hatchback, the Toyota Belta sedan belongs to the compact compact car category. They can hardly be considered as a vehicle for long-distance travel. But as a city car - this is the best option. Belta has a low cost of ownership and maintenance: spare parts are available, possible problems and diseases of engines and suspensions are well studied. Cons - hard plastic in the cabin, poor sound insulation, increased vibration in versions with a three-cylinder engine, low ground clearance.