|Manufacturer||Takada Kogyo, Yokohama|
|Assembly||Japan: Oppama Plant, Yokosuka, Kanagawa|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Related||Nissan Sunny (B14)|
|Engine||1.5 L GA15DE I4
1.8 L SR18DE I4
2.0 L SR20DE I4
5 speed manual
|Wheelbase||2,430 mm (95.7 in)|
|Length||4,210 mm (165.7 in)|
|Width||1,720 mm (67.7 in))|
|Height||1,515 mm (59.6 in)|
|Curb weight||1,310 kg (2,890 lb)|
|Predecessor||Nissan Prairie (1982–1988)|
The Nissan Rasheen is a small SUV with four-wheel drive capabilities produced from November 1994 to August 2000 by Nissan. A prototype was first shown at the October 1993 Tokyo Auto show. It was offered with three different inline-four engines: from the original 1.5-liter GA15DE, to a larger 1.8-liter SR18DE, and finally a 2.0-liter SR20DE in the Rasheen Forza. The car has five seats and a rugged, quirky and angularly styled body. It is a very small and short four-wheel drive that is often compared to Eastern European cars in design, particularly the Wartburg 353, but is also reminiscent of Nissan's "Pike" cars (Be-1, Pao, Figaro, and S-Cargo). As for the Be-1 and Figaro, Rasheen production was carried out by Nissan's specialist subsidiary Takada Kogyo. It was exclusive to Nissan Japanese dealership network called Nissan Red Stage.
It had full-time four wheel drive, Nissan's ATTESA powertrain system. This is a viscous coupling that determines where to send torque based on traction situations. Anti-lock brakes were introduced September 1996 along with various trim packages introduced during the production period. Originally only built with a 105 PS (77 kW) 1.5-liter inline-four, the 125 PS (92 kW) 1.8-liter engine was added to the lineup in January 1997, only available with the automatic transmission. After having been shown at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, the even bigger SR20DE-engined Rasheen Forza was added in July 1998. This produced 145 PS (107 kW). By August 2000 production had come to a halt, amidst the restructuring following Carlos Ghosn's "Nissan Revival Plan".
- 髙田工業株式会社: 会社紹介: 沿革: 1990～1999 [Takada Kogyo – About Us: History: 1990–99] (in Japanese). Takada Kogyo. 2009.
- Büschi, Hans-Ulrich, ed. (6 March 1997). Automobil Revue 1997 (in German and French) 92. Berne, Switzerland: Hallwag AG. p. 413. ISBN 3-444-10479-0.
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