The Dodge Aries, also referred to as a “K-vehicle”, is ultimately best known as “the automobile that saved Chrysler’s bacon”. The Aries (which is K-vehicle twin Plymouth Reliant) was completely new three decades ago, replacing the departed Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare. The K-cars were a massive gamble for Chrysler, who’d got loans that have been guaranteed with the government right before their introduction. Had the K-cars switched to become sales poor performers, it’s very likely Chrysler wouldn’t exist today, no less than in our form. As well as were they effective, the K-vehicle chassis spawned multiple spinoffs, and never minimal that have been sport coupes and minivans (really, with the mid-80s really the only Chrysler cars which were not K-vehicle knockoffs were the L-body Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon as well as the rear-drive M-physiques (Chrysler Fifth Avenue/Dodge Diplomat/Plymouth Gran Rage).
The Aries and Reliant would continue through 1989 to obtain replaced with the Dodge Spirit and Plymouth Acclaim that exact same year.1981 was the Aries/Reliant’s premier year, base engine was the all-new 2.2L 84 hp I4, supplied with a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. Optional was the Mitsubishi-built 2.6L “Hemi” 96 hp I4, automatic only. Bodystyles incorporated a few-door coupe, 4-door sedan plus a 5-door station wagon. Trim levels were base and SE. Styling was the essential 3-box type. Aries styling differed within the Reliant’s just with another grille and taillights. The K-cars were away and off to an admirable come from their inaugural year, accumulating over 300,000 sales involving the Aries and Reliant. There has been only minor changes for your 1982 K-cars, just like a counterbalanced hood eliminating the requirement of a prop-fishing fishing rod. A corner door home home windows inside the sedans and wagons really folded lower this year (they were fixed in place round the 81 models). Engine choices ongoing to become much like a year ago. The “K” badges were removed the outdoors nameplates. The K-car’s first 2 spinoffs happened this year by way of the completely new Chrysler LeBaron and Dodge 400, with elevated upscale surroundings when compared with Aries/Reliant.
The K-cars sported restyled noses and tails in 1985, more and more rounded in-front plus much more formal inside the rear. The Aries and Reliant again differed only inside their grilles and taillights. Whatever the changes, exterior and interior dimensions ongoing to become much like before. Engine and transmission choices also ongoing to become the identical. K-vehicle spinoffs this year incorporated the Chrysler LeBaron GTS and Dodge Lancer, resurrecting a vintage nameplate last utilized in early ’60s. For 1986, the finest change was the demise in the Mitsubishi 2.6L I4, substituted having a Chrysler-built 100 hp 2.5L I4. Fuel injection made its approach to both 2.2 and two.5 engines this year – horsepower for your 2.2 ongoing to become at 97. Really the only exterior change was adding the needed Center High-Mounted Stop Light inside the rear. Base and SE models ongoing on lines.
1987 saw no considerable changes for the Aries or Reliant aside from a stainless-steel exhaust systemKay-vehicle spinoffs this year were the Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance, additionally to a different handsome Chrysler LeBaron Coupe. In 1988, carrying out a Omni and Horizon’s lead, the Aries and Reliant were now offered in value-oriented America trim, making many formerly optional products standard, for instance AM/FM stereo, power steering and brakes, etc. Transmissions on engines acquired lock-up torque converters. Spinoffs this year were the larger Empire and Chrysler New Yorker sedans.
In addition to the station wagon model being stopped, the Aries and Reliant was virtually pat for final year. Although the Aries and Reliant were within the finish from the particular roads this year, the “K-vehicle” platform was by no means dead. Another spinoff this year was the rather curious Chrysler TC by Maserati (the car’s actual name), a few-seat convertible which was a short-resided partnership between Chrysler and Maserati. The Aries and Reliant were substituted using the completely new Spirit and Acclaim that have been introduced this year, which used the K platform.
ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS – 2.2 3AT (84 HP)
CYLINDERSL4 DISPLACEMENT2213 cm3POWER62.5 KW @ 4800 RPM
85 HP @ 4800 RPM
84 BHP @ 4800 RPMTORQUE111 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
151 Nm @ 2800 RPMFUEL SYSTEMCarburetor FUELGasoline
TOP SPEED95 mph OR 153 km/hACCELERATION 0-62 MPH (0-100 KPH)16 s
FUEL CONSUMPTION SPECIFICATIONS
CITY24 mpg US OR 9.8 L/100KmHIGHWAY35 mpg US OR 6.7 L/100KmCOMBINED28 mpg US OR 8.4 L/100Km
DRIVE TYPEFront Wheel Drive GEARBOX3-speed automatic
TIRE SIZEP 175/75 R 13
LENGTH176 in OR 4470 mmWIDTH68.6 in OR 1742 mmHEIGHT52.4 in OR 1331 mmFRONT/REAR TRACK57.6/57 in OR 1,463/1,448 mmWHEELBASE99.6 in OR 2530 mmGROUND CLEARANCE- CARGO VOLUME15.2 cuFT OR 430 LCD0.45
UNLADEN WEIGHT2366 lbs OR 1073 kgGROSS WEIGHT LIMIT-