The Japanese Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. plans to present its completely redesigned second-generation 2007 Daihatsu Terios compact SUV at the Geneva 2006 International Motor Show set to open soon in Switzerland.
According to the company, the first generation Daihatsu Terios which is based on a slightly modified Daihatsu Charade platform and is also known on the local market as the Toyota Cami, sells from about 12,000 to 18,000 units a year on the foreign markets.
It’s not that bad, considering that during its eight years of production the tiny sports utility vehicle was sold in excess of 300 thousand units.
The secret behind this overwhelming success is simple: the Terios has virtually no competitors in its niche except for the ugly yet potent Suzuki Jimny.
No wonder that Daihatsu decided to extend the Terios’ life-span and accomplished its complete redesign, not just a minor face-lift.
The 2007 Terios will come with a more powerful high-output, high-torque 1.5-liter engine, and a full-time four-wheel drive system with a mechanical, center-locking differential.
The new car has got a longer wheelbase of 2580 mm making the compact SUV much roomier than the Jimny that only sports a wheelbase of mere 2250 mm. Nevertheless, the car is compact enough to have a minimum turning circle of only 9.8m, which is only 2 meters longer than that of the tiny Smart ForTwo shoebox on wheels.
The car will also be available as a seven-seater model. It will be powered by a 1.5-liter DVVT engine with a maximum power output of 103hp and a peak torque of 140Nm available at 4400rpm.
Although its seven passengers will have to live in a really tight premises, they will enjoy a dual-zone air conditioning and an audio system with six speakers.
Of course, the quality of its interior lacks the refinement and elegance of the Touareg, but, let’s face it, this is an affordable vehicle, which is designed to get you from point A to point B on a low budget and performs its task with proud.
2007 Daihatsu Terios SE Auto compact SUV Specifications:
Price Range (estimated MSRP): £15,000
Body Type: 5-door SUV
Layout: front engine, 4WD (4×4)
Base Engine: 103 hp @ 6000 rpm, 103 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm, 1.5-liter, 16-valve, inline-4
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/WB): 4055 mm / 1695 mm / 1740 mm / 2580 mm
Track (frt/rr): N/A / N/A
Approach Angle (degrees): 38.0
Breakover Angle (degrees): 24.0
Departure Angle (degrees): 37.0
Curb Weight (min / max): 1200 kg
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 7 (2/3/2)
Cargo Volume (seats upright/folded): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): 1350 kg
Direct Competitors (4Г—4 capable): Suzuki Jimny, Suzuki SX4
See also: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid SUV