The Japanese automaker Daihatsu is producing a mini SUV, named the Daihatsu Terios since 1997. It is powered by a modified Charade 1.3-L (and/or 600 cc unit) with the options of constant all-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive. The transmissions available are a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. The first generation model failed to comply with kei car regulations with its width less than 1500 mm. The Terios is also shorter in size so as to meet the kei car regulations. The second generation Terios was a built collaboratively by Daihatsu and Toyota Motor Company Ltd.
First Generation (1997-2005)
Daihatsu introduced the first generation Terios in 1997 as a 4-door estate and a relatively smaller model known as Terios Kid. The Terios Kid was offered only in Japanese market.
The Terios was slightly restyled in 2000, where Daihatsu restyled many of its exterior and interior features. The black plastic grille was replaced by a new chrome grille. The top of the line models received electric front windows, rear seat head restraints, roof rails, roof-mounted rear-spoiler, central locking, and alloy wheels. The previous 1.3-L SOHC 4-cylinder engine was dropped in favor of the new 1.3-L DOHC 4-cylinder engine which increased the output by 4 hp (3 kW). The Japanese market also received a sport version of the K3-VET engine.
In 2001, a limited edition sport series was launched in the Australian market. Only 200 units of this limited edition sport series were produced. Some of the prominent features were: body color matching bumpers, standard rear spoiler and sunroof, metallic paint finish on the whole center console and dash.
Second Generation (2006-present)
In 2005, the second generation Terios was unveiled for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show as D-Concept 4×4. Later, the vehicle was renamed as Daihatsu Terios and the production began in 2006. Unlike first generation Terios which is less than 1500 mm in width, the second generation model is wider, i.e. about 1700 mm.
The Daihatsu Be?go and Toyota Rush succeeds the Daihatsu Terios in the Japanese market, while the this new generation model is continued to be sold as Daihatsu Terios in the markets like South America and some Asian markets.
The only engine available at the time is the 1.5-L on both 2-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. However, the 1.3-L and 1.5-L diesel engines are under process. A permanent all-wheel drive system is available on Terios linked to lockable central differential.
The second generation Rush and Terios with longer wheelbases were introduced in Indonesia by Toyota and Daihatsu in 2006. The vehicles offered a 2- or 3-rows of seats with a seating capacity for seven passengers. The car is based on the FR-layout.
In February 2008, Toyota Malaysia also introduced the long-wheelbase variant of the Toyota Rush in Malaysian market. Two trim levels are available, i.e. the 1.5G – available in 4-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual and the 1.5S.
The Malaysian automaker Perodua also produced a variant of Terios as Perodua Nautica. It was introduced in May 2008. Although, majority of the features are imported from Japan, the features like front grille, front bumper and rear bumper are built in Malaysia. The vehicle is powered by a 1.5-L DVVT engine mated to an automatic transmission. Other features are a full-time 4-wheel drive system, projector headlights, and a five-seater dark interior. It is offered in two exterior finishes, i.e. Medallion Grey and Majestic Black.