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New Daihatsu Terios debuts with Toyota Rush twin


Despite pulling the plug on its South African operations two years ago, Daihatsu has maintained a strong presence in both Japan and predominantly Southeast Asia, with the small car division of Toyota using one of its key markets, Indonesia, to unveil the long overdue replacement for the second generation Terios.

Taking styling cues from the DN Multisix concept shown at the Indonesian International Motor Show earlier this year, the new Terios, as with previous iterations, shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Rush, but adopts a more MPV appearance with boxier yet sharper styling, a claimed ground clearance of 220 mm, seating for seven and taillights derived from the Toyota Fortuner.

Inside, the interior has been completely redesigned with white and black trim, satin silver inserts on the steering wheel, new HVAC switches and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

Unlike the previous Terios, the newcomer will be front-wheel drive only with motivation coming from a 1.5-litre petrol engine developing 77 kW and 136 Nm of torque. A five-speed manual is standard with a four-speed automatic optional.

Debuting at the same time, the new Rush features the same design but with a sportier touch in the form of the top spec TRD Sportivo. In this guise, the Rush receives black cladding on around the wheel arches, on the doors and bumpers, TRD front skidplate with red detailing, 17-inch alloy wheels, black grille and TRD badging.


Like the Terios, a 1.5-litre petrol mill with the same 77 kW / 136 Nm outputs is the sole option, again mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. Both models are expected to go on sale in January next year with pricing yet to announced, but neither are likely to arrive on local shores anytime soon.

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Posted by: Ryk van Renen
Submitted: 01-06-2018
To me it looks a Avanza steroids. Not a SUV rather a MPV I was hoping for a counter product to the very popular Ford ECO Sport, but not this model.
Posted by: Colleen Chaplin
Submitted: 23-06-2018
What a pity that they have replaced the gorgeous Terios with a big look-a-like every other car on the road. Really not attractive and definitely is not a replacement for the Terios which was so unique in it's size and capability. How unoriginal.
Posted by: Amanda replied to Colleen Chaplin
Submitted: 10-07-2018
I so agree with you Colleen! I don't like the new Terios at all. Such a shame because I am looking for a new car and thought about the Terios... but after I saw the new look I don't think I want it anymore. It's too big now and not as compact as the previous models.
Posted by: Fritz
Submitted: 26-06-2018
I think it is fabulous to focus on the lower end of the market as well. It got space and high ground clearance. I would like to see "less" luxury models and perhaps a diesel engine.
Posted by: Gerda
Submitted: 30-09-2018
Is this car available in South Africa and if so,which Dealer?
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Submitted: 31-03-2019