In 1997, Daihatsu launched its mini SUV, named Daihatsu Terios. The engines offered in this vehicle are a modified version of the one used in Daihatsu Charade, i.e. 1.3-L or kei car 660cc unit with constant four wheel drive (4WD) or two wheel drive (2WD) respectively. The vehicle is offered with either a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission. As for external dimensions, the Terios has a width less than 1500 mm so as to qualify for the kei car regulations. Terios is also shorter in length. The second generation Terios was a result of collaborative efforts of two Japanese automakers including Daihatsu and Toyota.
First Generation (1997-2005)
The first generation Terios was introduced in 1997 and was available in two body styles, i.e. 4-door estate and a smaller kei car model Terios Kid offered for sale only in the Japanese market.
The facelift version of Terios was released in 2000 with slight exterior and interior modifications. The black plastic grille was replaced by a new chrome grille. The top level model came with electric front windows, central locking, rear-seat head restraints, alloy wheels, roof rails and a roof-mounted rear spoiler. As for mechanicals, unlike the previous model which was offered with 1.3-L SOHC four-cylinder engine, the new model came with new 1.3-L DOHC four-cylinder engine. The capacity of the engine was increased by 3 kW or 4 hp. In Japan, the sport version of the K3-VET was also introduced.
In 2001, the limited edition sports series with only 200 units was launched in Australia. Unlike the standard model that used the two-tone bumper color, the sports series received a body colored bumpers. Sunroof and rear spoiler were offered as standard and the interior received an updated metallic finish on the centre console and dashboard.
Second Generation (2006-Present)
In 2005, the second generation Daihatsu D-Concept 4×4 was unleashed at the Tokyo Motor Show. It was later renamed as new Daihatsu Terios.
As for external dimensions, the new Daihatsu Terios is almost 1700 mm in width as compared to the previous model which was less than 1500 mm.
In Europe, South America and certain Asian markets, the second generation model is marketed simply as Terios.
The second generation Terios offers a permanent 4WD system through lockable central differential. It is however missing low ratio gears.
Both Toyota and Daihatsu introduced the second generation Rush and Terios in Indonesia in December 2006. Both are offered with a longer wheelbase and feature two or three rows of seats to accommodate seven passengers. An FR layout is used for the new models.
In February 2008, Toyota Malaysia also introduced the long-wheelbase version of Toyota Rush. Two trim levels are offered including 1.5G available in both 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual and 1.5S.
In May 2008, a fully imported Perodua Nautica was introduced in Malaysia. The car was imported from Japan and all the components other than front grille, front bumper and rear bumper were imported. It is powered by 1.5-L DVVT engine, featuring permanent 4WD, projector headlights, and 5-seater dark interior. It is available in Medallion Grey and Majestic Black exterior color.