The Daihatsu Terios is classified as a mini SUV was initially released in 1997 by the Japanese carmaker Daihatsu. The engines in these vehicles include a modified Daihatsu Charade 1.3 liter or kei car with a 660 cc unit as well as 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive, depending on the model. This car has a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. The first generation Terios has a total width of less than 1500 mm in order to meet the needs of the kei car regulations and the kei car does not have a far rear side window and is significantly shorter.
The second generation of the Terios was developed by Daihatsu as well as Toyota, a fellow Japanese automobile manufacturer. The first generation of these vehicles were available as a five-door estate and the smaller kei car model was called the Terios Kid, and was only ever marketed in Japan. Daihatsu gave the Terios a complete facelift in 2000, changing both the exterior and interior. One of the things that was changed on this vehicle was the front, which received a new chrome grill to replace the black plastic grille of the first generation model.
Electric front windows were added to the higher-end Terios model, as well as rear seat head restraints, central locking, roof allows, a roof-mounted rear spoiler, and alloy wheels. There was also a 1.3 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine which was added to replace the previous one, adding 4 more horsepower. The sport version of this vehicle received a nice upgrade with a K3-VET engine was which produced strictly in Japan. A limited edition sports series was introduced to the Australian market in 2001 with a total of only 200 units available to the public. This vehicle had color matching bumpers which was significantly different from the two-tone bumper color which came with the standard model.
The second generation Daihatsu, also known as the Daihatsu D-Concept 4×4, appeared at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show prior to being renamed the Daihatsu Terios, which started production in 2006. This generation Terios was designed to be wider than its predecessor, a total of 1700mm, compared to that of the first generation which was a total of less than 1500mm. The second generation vehicle uses a 1.3 liter or 1.5 liter engine and diesel engines are expected to be relased soon as well. The 1.5 liter version is available with two and four-wheel drive.
Toyota along with Daihatsu both announced the launching the launch of the second generation Terios which as a longer wheelbase, though the car only came with rear-wheel-drive. This vehicle is available only with a long wheelbase in Indonesia. The primary difference between the Toyota Rush and the is that the Rush is designed to fit five people, whereas the Terios can seat a total of seven. The Rush lacks the third row seating that is present with the Terios, which was just one of the factors which contributed to its overall success.
Although the overall build of the Terios is somewhat weak in certain places, such as its door design, it definitely has its charms and has become a consumer favorite in places all over the world, especially Japan. This car has ample head and leg space for rear passengers, though the amount of elbow room available is somewhat limited. The driving position up front makes for great visibility and the car has a number of safety features which has earned it a fairly high rating. And while some of the plastic materials used on the interior are a bit cheap, it definitely has many redeeming qualities.