In 1997, the Japanese automaker Daihatsu produced a mini SUV called the Daihatsu Terios. The engines used in the Terios were the modified form of Daihatsu Charade’s 1.3-L or kei car’s 660 cc equipped with constant four-wheel drive (4WD) or two-wheel drive (2WD) respectively. The car was offered either with a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission. In order to meet the kei car regulations, its width was kept less than 1500 mm. Besides its width, the car was also shorter resulting in dropping of the rearmost side window.
Unlike the first generation Terios, the second generation Terios was built as joint venture of Daihatsu and the fellow automaker Toyota.
First Generation (1997–2005)
The first generation model was offered as a 4-door estate and a smaller kei car model named the Terios Kid. This smaller kei car was only sold in Japan.
The company launched a facelift model in 2000 with slight modifications made in exterior as well as interior of the car. The old black plastic grille was replaced by a new chrome grille. However, the high end models received electric front windows, central locking, rear seat head restraints, alloy wheels, roof rails and a roof-mounted rear spoiler. Under the hood, the previous 1.3-L SOHC four-cylinder engine was replaced by a new 1.3-L DOHC four-cylinder engine. This replacement increased the output by 3 kW (4 hp). On the Japanese version, a sport version of the K3-VET engine was used.
In 2001, a limited edition sports series were launched in Australia. This limited edition sports series only got 200 units for sale. The car carried body colored bumpers, relatively different from the two-tone bumpers used on the standard model. The center console and dashboard received a metallic paint finish and rear spoiler and sunroof offered as standard.
Second Generation (2006–Present)
In 2005, the Daihatsu brought its second generation Daihatsu D-Concept 4×4 model at the Tokyo Motor Show. Later it was named as new Daihatsu Terios. The production of the second generation Terios started in 2006.
Size-wise, the second generation Terios was a wider than its previous alternative, to say 1700 mm while the first generation Terios was less than 1500 mm in width.
In the local Japanese market, the Terios has already been succeeded by the Daihatsu Be?go and Toyota Rush, while in the other regions including Europe, South America and Asia, the second generation Terios marketed under the name tag of Terios.
The car receives both 1.3-L and 1.5-L engines where diesel engine versions are still to come. 1.5-L engine version is offered with both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The Terios also offers a 4WD system through lockable central differential.
Toyota and Daihatsu in Indonesia introduced the second generation of Rush and Terios with longer wheelbase and having two –or three-rows of seats to accommodate 7 passengers in December 2006.
In February 2008, the long-wheelbase version of Toyota Rush was launched in Malaysia. It also offered in two trim levels including the 1.5G (in both 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual) and the 1.5S.