In 1996, the third-generation Toyota Soarer survived another update. The main external differences are a small grille in the upper part of the modified front bumper and round fog lights, a contrasting frame appeared in the rear combined lights, dividing them into two sections. Other changes include the added standard exterior body kit, a larger spoiler. The engines received the VVT-i system, which improved the torque characteristics and increased their efficiency.
The second restyling slightly improved the interior of the car, underwent changes and specifications. For example, there was only one complete set with a 4.0-liter engine - 4.0 GT-L, while the model with active suspension was no longer produced. However, the EMV (Electro MultiVision) system remained the standard here - with a touch screen to control various car functions, built-in navigation, a TV, complete with a premium audio system with a changer, 6 speakers and a subwoofer. For entry-level models, an S-package was added, including a sports-tuned suspension, 16-inch wheels, standard rear spoiler and wiper, black interior color. Soon (in 1997), Soarer lost the 4.0-liter modification, priority was given to more inexpensive versions.
The first in 1996, the 1JZ-GTE 2.5-liter turbo engine was upgraded - he received one turbine instead of two and the VVT-i system. He remained at the previous power (280 “forces”), but the maximum torque increased from 363 to 378 Nm, which is achieved at 2400 rpm. Fuel consumption decreased from the previous 11.2 l / 100 km to 10.8 l / 100 km. In 1997, the 4.0U 1UZ-FE unit was canceled - lasting from the first years of the Soarer Z30 model, it no longer met the requirements of environmental friendliness and fuel consumption. In the same year, the atmospheric 2JZ-GE was also modernized - it also received the VVT-i system, in this case the capacity increased from 225 to 230 liters. sec. and torque from 284 to 304 Nm. Fuel consumption decreased from 12.3 to 10.8 liters per hundred.
The suspension at Toyota Soarer corresponds to the luxury class - completely independent, with double wishbones. After the second restyling, the UZZ32 modification with active suspension and thrusting rear wheels was canceled. Until 1997, a model of the UZZ31 type was still in operation, in which an air suspension with adjustable ground clearance and damping stiffness was attached to the 4.0-liter engine. These machines were considered quite expensive, but with their departure there was some simplification of the model. Toyota Soarer of this generation is considered a rather large car - after the second restyling the coupe was 4.9 m long. The wheelbase is 2.69 m, the turning diameter is 10.8 m. The interior dimensions are sufficient so that the rear seats are not so crowded: 1825 mm long , width 1490, height 1100 mm. For comparison, in the sister Supra A80, the interior had dimensions of 1580 x 1480 x 1065 mm (L x W x H). Trunk volume Soarer Z30 - 265 liters.
Since its inception, Toyota Soarer has had all the latest safety technologies on board. The third-generation model was equipped with three-point seat belts in all places, stiffeners in the doors, cruise control. After the second restyling, the standard for all versions was the anti-lock braking system, driver and passenger airbags. The optional equipment package included traction control (standard for 4.0GT-L).
Soarer is rightfully considered one of the best models in the Toyota JDM line, organically combining eye-catching design, reliability, luxury and speed. Cons also available: low clearance, high fuel consumption, expensive suspension repairs, high cost of body elements and interior parts, increased wear of door hinges. The population of used cars of this generation in the Russian market is not so large, which guarantees their exclusivity. In 2001, the next generation was released - this time a model with an open body and a hard folding top.