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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV

Built as an offroad vehicle in former communist Romania, the Aro 24 series was a surprisingly advanced vehicle for its times.

The Romanian carmaker Aro started to build offroad vehicles in 1957 with a licensed Soviet vehicle, the GAZ 69. But the Communist Party asked the engineers to develop an original model, from front to back. Thus, the Aro 24 was born and introduced on the market in 1972. Unlike most off-road vehicles from those times, the Aro 24 featured a front independent suspension and a curved chassis, making it more comfortable on the road.

It was available in a few body versions with three or five doors or convertible. They all shared the same idea of simple, flat body panels. At the front, the carmaker installed horizontal headlights carried over from other vehicles produced in Romania to cut costs. Its front metallic front fascia featured a grille with vertical slats, like on the Gaz69. ARO installed the metallic bumper directly on the chassis's endings.

Inside, it was a simple vehicle with two seats at the front and a bench for three in the back. Depending on the version, the car featured doors in the back for the rear passengers, and all closed-body versions sported a side-hinged rear door. There was an option for side-mounted jump-seats in the trunk area, increasing the capacity of up to nine passengers.

Under the hood, the Aro24 started with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine. ARO paired it to a four-speed manual gearbox and a high and low gear transfer case for the 4x4 system. Later on, the Aro 24 received various engine versions produced by Peugeot, Toyota, Ford, or VM Motori.

ARO 24 1972 - 1991
ARO 24 1972 - 1991
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.5L 4MT (80 HP)

ARO 24 2.5L 4MT (80 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L 4MT (80 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2513 cm3
Power
58.8 KW @ 4200 RPM
80 HP @ 4200 RPM
79 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
120 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
162 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
68 mph (109 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
27 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
6.50 - 16
DIMENSIONS
Length
155.9 in (3960 mm)
Width
69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height
74 in (1880 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.9/56.9 in (1,445/1,445 mm)
Wheelbase
92.5 in (2350 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.6
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4960 lbs (2250 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
11.8 mpg US (19.9 L/100Km)
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