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ARO 24/32
Manufacturer ARO
Production 1972 - 2006
Assembly Câmpulung-Muscel, Romania
Class Off-Road SUV
Body style(s) 2-door convertible
3-door SUV
4-door SUV
4-door convertible
5-door SUV
2-door pickup
4-door pickup
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Engine(s) various engines (Petrol/Diesel/Turbodiesel) from 67 hp (50 kW) to 207 hp (154 kW)
Transmission(s) 4-speed manual
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,350 mm (93 in) - 4,200 mm (170 in)
Length 4,098 mm (161.3 in) - 6,410 mm (252 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in) - 2,100 mm (83 in)
Height 1,840 mm (72 in) - 2,900 mm (110 in)
Curb weight 1,650 kg (3,600 lb) - 2,000 kg (4,400 lb)

ARO 240 is a two door 4x4 off-road vehicle, which was manufactured by ARO (short for Auto Romania) from 1972 to 2006. This was the first of the ARO 24 series, which eventually included many other models: the four doors 244, the 242 pick-up, the three doors 243, the 320 pick-up, and many others body trims[1]. Last special military versions were called ARO Dragon.

It is equipped with many different engines (both gas and Diesel), and comes in both 4x2 and 4x4 versions. Notable improvements over the years were the introduction of Romanian Diesel engines, units equipped with Toyota engines, and units equipped with Romanian built turbo Diesel engines. The ARO-24s are no longer in production as ARO was shut down.

Plans to market the ARO 244 in the United States as the Cross Lander 244X in 2005 were eventually canceled.

EnginesEdit

Petrol EnginesEdit

Name Capacity
(cc)
Type Power Torque
2.4
2 RZ-FE
2438 Toyota 140 PS (103 kW) @5000 rpm 212 N·m (156 lb·ft) @4000 rpm
2.5 205HX 2469 Chrysler 120 PS (88 kW) @5250 rpm 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) @3500 rpm
2.5 L25 2495 ARO 83 PS (61 kW) @4200 rpm 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) @3000 rpm
2.5 M-207 2512 ARO 67 PS (49 kW) @4000 rpm 160 N·m (118 lb·ft) @2500 rpm
2.9 V6 2935 Ford 145 PS (107 kW) @5500 rpm 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) @3500 rpm
3.0 L30 3007 ARO 95 PS (70 kW) @4000 rpm 196 N·m (145 lb·ft) @3000 rpm
4.0 V6 4000 Cosworth 207 PS (152 kW) @5250 rpm 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @3000 rpm

Diesel EnginesEdit

Aro as military jeep

Military ARO 244 in Albania

Name Capacity
(cc)
Type Power Torque
2.4 4C 2417 Andoria
Turbodiesel
Turbodiesel
69 PS (51 kW) @4200 rpm
90 PS (66 kW) @4100 rpm
101 PS (74 kW) @4100 rpm
147 N·m (108 lb·ft) @2500 rpm
195 N·m (144 lb·ft) @2500 rpm
230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @2500 rpm
2.4 2L-T 2446 Toyota
Turbodiesel
86 PS (63 kW) @4000 rpm 188 N·m (139 lb·ft) @2200 rpm
2.5 XD3 2498 Peugeot 75 PS (55 kW) @4500 rpm 147 N·m (108 lb·ft) @2500 rpm
2.5 XD3T 2498 Peugeot
Turbodiesel
95 PS (70 kW) @4150 rpm 205 N·m (151 lb·ft) @2500 rpm
2.5 L4 OHV 2499 VM
Turbodiesel
101 PS (74 kW) @4200 rpm 232 N·m (171 lb·ft) @2200 rpm
2.5 L27 2660 ARO 68 PS (50 kW) @3800 rpm 138 N·m (102 lb·ft) @2250 rpm
2.7 DX-28 2660 ARO 71 PS (52 kW) @3900 rpm 152 N·m (112 lb·ft) @2250 rpm
2.7 TDX-28 2660 ARO
Turbodiesel
87 PS (64 kW) @3500 rpm 191 N·m (141 lb·ft) @1900 rpm
3.1 D127 3119 ARO 68 PS (50 kW) @3200 rpm 185 N·m (136 lb·ft) @1600 rpm

VersionsEdit

Romania stamp - 1975 - 55B - ARO 240

Romanian stamp from 1975 with ARO 240

Sport Utility VehiclesEdit

  • ARO 240 2-door Convertible
  • ARO 241 4-door Convertible
  • ARO 243 3-door
  • ARO 244 4-door
  • ARO 246 5-door

Light Commercial VehiclesEdit

  • ARO 242 Regular Cab Pick-up
  • ARO 320 Regular Cab Pick-up
  • ARO 324 Double Cab Pick-up
  • ARO 330 Long Cab Pick-up

Others Versions: 243 VAN, 263, 264, 266, 323 Ambulance, 324, 328 MaxiTaxi, 330, 330BB, 330C, 33N, 338TC, 350BC, 35S Ambulance, 35M, 429TC/TP.[1]

FaceliftsEdit

The first generation of ARO 24 between 1972-1976 had Dacia 1300 headlights and round taillights similar to ARO IMS. From 1977 were used round headlights like in ARO IMS and the rear lights were restylized. In 1985 a new front grille was introduced and smaller round headlights. Also there were available double headlights, that were used mostly on the 244. In 1995 the double headlight front design was slightly restylized and the rear lights were changed to ones of Oltcit-type (a car that was also built in Romania until then). The last restyling of 1998/99 was a slight facelift of the previous model and also introduced the Toyota-type ornaments.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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