The Haruko began in the 70s to add a cheap, affordable platform to Misaki but still have potential for sportier applications (sporty for oil-crisis standards) and with that, the Haruko was officially released for the 1977 model year as an FR setup available in a sedan,coupe and wagon.
Engine options were small for the 1st gen Haruko, those being a 1.9L four banger that ranged from 88hp to a staggering 151hp (granted with the help of a turbo).
The trims offered in the 1st gen Haruko were the L,RS,L Wagon and the XL wagon and the “Densetsu” Model that came out mid-way through this generations life, trying to have sportier styling than the RS, ultimately the Densetsu sold terribly but was the highest powered trim.
The second generation was a total revamp to the Haruko, bringing more sportiness to the trim and was overall warm welcome to the automobile industry as it brought on experimental features such as active aero and other revolutionary technologies.
Engine options were greatly improved for the 2nd gen which offered many engine options those being a 1.6L i4 ranging from 100hp to 230hp as well as a 2L i6 offering 280hp.
In terms of trim levels the 2nd gen Haruko was much more sport based but also offered some tamer trims too. Some of the rarest Haruko’s are second generation, those being SSR Turbos, homologation models. The rarest Haruko is the SSR Turbo 2dr Wagon.
RS beside an SSR
The 3rd and 4th generation Haruko’s are on the same platform, the only difference from the 3rd and 4th is that the 4th gen offered some more tame models whereas the 3rd gen was strictly sports. The 3rd generation marked the end of special SSR models too. The 3rd generation was introduced in 1996 while the 4th gen was introduced in 2003.
Engine choices for the 3rd gen we have an all new 1.3L V6 packing a punch of 205hp and for the SSR Turbo we got the 1.6L i4 from the previous gen bumped up to 243 hp. The 4th generation got the V6 as well but lacked the i4 from the past however a new economy engine was introduced pushing 124hp.
For the 3rd generation all that was produced was the RS and the SSR, this proved to be a mistake for Misaki for lack of trims the audience had shrunk.
The 4th generation however had dropped the RS and the SSR title for the new RSX title, a vehicle meant to bridge the gap between the two. The L trims were reintroduced for this generation too, getting more sales than the 3rd generation because of it. The Haruko would stay this way until 2009 when the title was retired… or was it?
3rd and 4th gen
Behold! In 2018 a new model was teased from Misaki, people were very hopeful of the return of the once legendary car, however in the spring of 2019 people were let down… The Haruko had been turned into a Crossover.
This Haruko had a 4L V6 pushing 214hp EDIT: The 5th gen now has an 1.8l turbo i4 making 230 hp in most models as well as a one-off prototype making 327hp.
Trims were what you’d expect except Misaki decided to add a T to the end of the models to make them more attractive. The trims are the LT, RT and the Trail-Spec version that had higher ground clearance.