The Toyota Blizzard is a four-wheel-drive off-road vehicle manufactured and marketed by Daihatsu for Toyota from March 1980 to 1990. It was built by Daihatsu, with the first generation LD10 a version of the Daihatsu Taft, and the second generation Blizzard (LD20) based on the Daihatsu Rugger.
History of the Toyota Blizzard
Toyota Blizzard LD10 (1980–1984)
The LD10 Blizzard was launched in 1980 and is based on the Daihatsu Taft (also known as the Scat), and was replaced in 1984 with the LD20, based on the Daihatsu Rugger. The Blizzard was only intended for the Japanese domestic market. The Blizzard LD10 was equipped with the naturally aspirated 2.2L (2188 cc) diesel engine. The engines were originally coupled to a Toyota 4-speed manual transmission, while 1983+ models came with a 5-speed. It is a rare Toyota vehicle with less than a dozen known examples in North America. Visually very similar to the Daihatsu vehicles, they were rebadged by Toyota and utilized Toyota engines.
Toyota Blizzard LD20 (1984–1990)
The LD20 Blizzard is based on the Daihatsu Rugger and is equipped with the 2.4L (2446 cc) 2L diesel engine producing 83 PS, and from 1985 it was fitted with the 96 PS 2L-T turbodiesel. The Blizzard has a part-time four-wheel drive with a 5-speed manual transmission with a 2-speed transfer case. The LD20 underwent a minor facelift in 1987 and can be identified by the change from round to rectangular headlamps and larger bumpers.
The price range for a used Toyota Blizzard varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $2,300 and going to $4,100 for the latest year the model was manufactured.
Specs and Performance of the Toyota Blizzard
- 2.2 L 4-cylinder diesel
- 2.4 L 4-cylinder diesel
The Toyota Blizzard's 2.4L engine delivers 85 hp (63 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 139 lb-ft (188 Nm) of torque at 2,400 rpm. Toyota marketed the Blizzard as a four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle, and it was available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Dimension-wise, the Toyota Blizzard measures 3,655 mm (143.9 in) long, 1,580 mm (62.2 in) wide, and 1,840 mm (72.4 in) high.Its wheelbase measures 2,205 mm (86.8 in) and has a curb weight of 2,976–3,086 lbs (1,350–1,400 kg).
The Toyota Blizzard was a renowned 4-wheel drive vehicle, designed and constructed by Daihatsu between 1980 - 1990. Its resilient performance on the most challenging terrain earned it an esteemed reputation among drivers throughout its production run.