The Toyota Caldina is an automobile manufactured by Toyota for the Japanese market and was released on 1992. It replaced the Toyota Carina Surf.
While the Caldina has never been officially exported by Toyota outside of Japan, its 4WD capability and large capacity have made it a popular used-car import in rural South America, such as the dusty roads of Bolivia. These vehicles have been converted to left hand drive.
1st Generation (1992-1997)
The original Toyota Caldina was the 5-door wagon or commercial van version of the four-door sedan Toyota Corona in Japan. The wagon has independent strut rear suspension while the commercial wagon has semi-independent leaf springs.
2nd Generation (1997-2002)
Sharing a platform with Toyota Allion and Toyota Premio, the Caldina is the Japanese version of Toyota Avensis wagon.
The 4WD models are coded ST215, and are offered as Active Sports GT with the 3S-GE engine. The top of the line GT-T came with the turbocharged 260PS (256hp/191kW) 4th generation 3S-GTE engine, and included an all-wheel drive system similar to the Toyota Celica GT-Four.The GT-T also came with optional electronic stability control(VSC). Weighing 1470kg, the Caldina GT-T offers similar performance to a Subaru WRX wagon achieving 0–100km/h in 7 seconds. A refresh was given in 2000 with new bumpers and lamps with a refreshed interior.
Engines for lesser models are the 1.8L 7A-FE, the 2.0L gasoline 3S-FE, and the 2.2L diesel 3C-TE.
3rd Generation (2002-2007)
The all-new Caldina of September 2002 is a pure sports wagon, and does not share body panels with Allion, Premio, and Avensis. Engines for the Caldina are 1.8L 1ZZ-FE, 2.0L 1AZ-FSE, or 2.0L turbo 3S-GTE. Trim levels are 1.8 X, 1.8 Z, 2.0 Z, 2.0 ZT, and 2.0 GT-Four (the later is coded ST246). All models have automatic transmission. Minor refresh was given in January 2005. With the discontinuation of Celica, the Caldina was one of sportiest Toyota models sold in Japan.
Caldina GT4 is also widely available as imported recondition cars in Malaysia.
Production of the 3rd generation Caldina ended in 2007. That was also the end for both the 3S-GTE engine and the "GT-Four" moniker in Toyota's lineup.