|Whats new for '78:
With such a major redesign the previous year, changes for '78 are minimal. The major change is the addition of a diesel V8 to the options list. A rallye instrument cluster is also a new option. Visually, there is a new grille design and wraparound turn lenses. In the rear, tail lamps are new too.
The newly optional Diesel 350 is the first diesel V8 in the world. It was originally scheduled to be introduced in '77, but production delays prohibited that. Tests revealed a fuel economy gain of up to 25 percent with the diesel engine over comparable gasoline powered engines.
|Standard Engine||350 V8 4bbl.|
|Optional Engine(s)||403 V8 4bbbl.|
350 Diesel V8
|Standard Transmission||3-speed Turbo Hydra-matic|
|Overall length (in.)||220.4|
|Luggage cap. (cu. ft.)||20.3|
|Fuel tank (gals.)||24.5|
|Shoulder room f/r||na||60.6/60.6|
|Identifying a '78:|
'77-'79 Ninety-Eight's all share the same overall shape. A '78 will have wraparound front turn-lenses like in '79, but front parking lights are segmented in two like in '77.
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