Debut for Daihatsu 4x4 concept

September 7, 2005

Daihatsu's D-Compact 4x4 concept SUV will make its world debut at this month's Frankfurt auto show, representing the company's goal of combining city car manoeuvrability with all-weather agility and space for five passengers. Daihatsu's design brief called for "a roomy and practical four-door body that avoids the bulk, high fuel consumption and negative image of big off-roaders".

The D-Compact is, however, considerably wider at 1745mm than the current Terios SUV (1555mm). It's also longer (4075 vs 3845mm) and slightly higher (1760 vs 1695mm). To improve stability the front and rear tracks are 1445mm and 1480mm respectively compared to the Terios' 1315mm and 1310 mm. The concept has a new 76kW, 1.5-litre DOHC quad-valve petrol engine derived from that fitted to the new Sirion. Its full-time all-wheel drive includes a mechanical centre differential lock and stability control system. (Motoring.co.za)

Wow! This could be the next Perodua Kembara! Super-its bigger than Kembara plus a new 1.5L engine. It looks production ready too. Maybe launching mid-2006? Here's something to look forward to. Real nice, neat and cute little SUV! Huraay!