Toyota Chaser, a midsize, mainly a 4-door sedan designed and manufactured by Toyota. It was also offered as a 2-door coupe during its first generation. The 2-door coupe however dropped after first generation. The Toyota Chaser was based on Toyota Mark II platform and was first marketed in Japan in 1976.
The Toyota Chaser shared the chassis with three other Toyota models including Toyota Cressida, Toyota Mark II and Toyota Cresta and hence often referred to as a one of the triplet sedans of Toyota. Several Toyota’s models based on double wishbone suspension along with coil springs, particularly in X81 series. The Chaser along with its sister models that shared the same platform were considered a step lower than the Crown lineup, yet offering a sedan with almost same luxury features but in quite economical way. The Chaser received a 2.5-L 10JZ engine and was a major competitor of the Nissan Skyline coupe and sedan variants.
First Generation (1977-1980)
In July 1977, the first Chaser model appeared in the market. The chassis codes for first generation Chaser were X30, X31, X40 and X41. The different engine variants include a 4 cylinder 1.8 L 3T-U, 4 cylinder 2.0 L 18R-U and 6 cylinder 2.0 L M-U/M-EU engines. To fulfill the Japanese regulations, the model received a 2000 cc engine and the dimensions include a 4.7 m (15.4 feet) of length, 1.7 m (5.6 feet) of width and 2 m (6.6 feet) of height.
Second Generation (1980-1984)
In 1980, the company introduced the second generation Chaser with chassis codes of X51 and X61. Both received a 6-cylinder 2.0-L 1G-EU (single cam) and 1G-EU (twincam) engines. It was offered as a 4-door sedan and 4-door hardtop. 2-door hardtop was dropped in second generation lineup. The second generation Chaser had to compete with Nissan’s new Nissan Leopard. Avante series also introduced during this time.
Third Generation (1984-1988)
In August 1984, the third generation Chaser was introduced. The Avante introduced in the last generation now became a luxury upgrade in the on going generation and also the third generation model was offered as a 4-door hardtop only. In 1987, a special edition ‘Lordley’ was released followed by a Chaser Avante in May 1987. Three months later, the New Extra XG Chaser was introduced.
Fourth Generation (1989-1992)
The fourth generation Chaser codenamed as X81 series was introduced in 1989 by Toyota. It was offered in several different models including XL, XG, Raffine, SXL, Avante, Avante Twin Cam 24, GT Twin Turbo and Avante G, with the GT Twin Turbo model the most powerful variant equipped with a 1G-GTE engine capable of generating 210 PS (154 kW/207 hp) at 6200 rpm. The lineup received two more Avante models in August 1989 in the form of Avante G-L and the new Avante G powered by 3.0-L normally aspirated 7M-GE engine in place of 2.0-L supercharged 1G-GZE.
Fifth Generation (1992-1996)
The X81 series was replaced by the X90 Chaser series in 1990 as fifth generation Chaser. The fifth generation Chaser offered better handling, enhanced engine power and came with a relatively larger body. Almost all the features were taken from the previous model except for GT Twin Turbo which was replaced by a new Tourer V. In the beginning, the Tourer V came with the 1JZ-GTE engines.
Sixth Generation (1996-2000)
The X100 Chaser was introduced in September 1996. Over the time, the Chaser now had sportier looks. The sixth generation Chaser lineup mainly comprised of Avante and Tourer models.
In 1990, the X100 Chaser also took part in the Japanese Touring Car Championship. However, the car showed its class in drifting in true sense.