Daihatsu Terios, from this spring in
27th February 2006.
Following on from last year’s new Sirion, Daihatsu
will launch at this year's 76th Geneva International Motor
Show (public days 2-12
March 2006), its all-new Terios
compact 4x4, before it goes
on sale in Europe this spring.
car Japanese specialist who
will show as a world premiere in Geneva too, its D-Compact
Wagon concept car,
aims to more than double its European sales, from the
32,000 of 2003 to 80,000 in 2008, by offering a strong
European flavour to its styling, packaging and dynamics.
Compared to the previous model, the new Terios
1.5 SX is 230 mm longer at 4,075 mm and a significant 190
mm wider at 1,745 mm. It is 45 mm higher because of its
standard roof rails. The entry-level ‘S’ model –
which lacks roof rails – is 5 mm lower than before.
Front and rear tracks measure 1,450 and
1,480 mm respectively – 145 and 170 mm greater than
before. Meanwhile, the wheelbase – at 2,580 mm – grows
by 180 mm.
And so confident is parent company, Toyota,
of the new Terios’s appeal that it plans to sell 1,500
per month of its version in Japan, badged Toyota
Rush. The home-market
Daihatsu equivalent is named ‘Be-go’ with a monthly
goal of 500 units.
In the UK, the new Terios line-up will
comprise the Terios 1.5 S available only in Black Mica at
£12,995 on-the-road, the higher-spec 1.5 SX at £14,295
OTR, and the 1.5 SE automatic at £14,995 OTR. The latter
two are offered in Black Mica, Blue Mica, Grey Metallic,
Silver Metallic or Red.
The all-new Terios has a dynamic,
fun-to-drive appearance with off-road styling cues, short
front and rear overhangs, a long wheelbase and especially
wide tracks and body width.
Toyota Rush (top) and Daihatsu Be-go.
Its four-door, five-seat body is
compact yet practical, offering small car running costs
Its turning circle is a tight 9.8
metres (kerb-to-kerb) for the S and SE and a still
hatchback-like 10 metres for the bigger-tyred SX, while
the SX body length is between that of a B-segment supermini
(Renault Clio, VW Polo, Toyota Yaris
category) and a C-segment lower-medium car (Renault
Megane, VW Golf, Toyota Corolla
Complementing this are especially large
16 ins wheels for all models (UK specs, to be checked
according to markets) with either 215/65R tyres for the
entry-level Terios 1.5 S manual and higher-spec SE
automatic or beefy 235/60R tyres for the manual SX.
The interior offers mid-sized hatchback
passenger space with a split fold-and-tumble rear seat
which liberates a 1,290 mm maximum floor length – long
enough to take a mountain bike.
With the rear seat in use, boot
capacity is at a reasonable 380 litre, enough to take four
45” golf bags, four vertically-stacked mid-sized
suitcases or a typical baby buggy. Most models also have
load-floor securing hooks.
another key model in Daihatsu's European
growth strategy from 32,000 units sold in
2003 to 80,000 in 2008.
Based on the Sirion’s 1.3 litre DOHC
16-valve petrol engine, the new Terios has a larger 1.5
litre capacity (same 72 mm bore as the 1.3 litre but a
longer 91.8 mm stroke), producing 105 PS at 6,000 rpm
(compared to 86 PS/6000 rpm in the previous generation)
and a flexible 103 lb. ft (139 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm
(compared to 120 Nm/3200 rpm previously) .
Its standard Dynamic Variable Valve
Timing (DVVT) enhances low-speed pulling power and high
rev throttle response by maximising combustion efficiency.
The torque curve is virtually flat
between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm – the most frequently used
rev-range in normal driving.
Top speed for manual models is almost
100 mph (160 km/h) and over 93 mph (149 km/h) for the
automatic, while the Terios 1.5 S manual records 40.4
imperial mpg (6.99 litres for 100 km) on the Extra Urban
Cycle and the Terios 1.5 SE automatic not far behind at
39.8 mpg (7.10 litres for 100 km).
The new Terios 1.5 S manual has a low
CO2 reading of 186 g/km with the Terios 1.5 SE automatic
recording 196 g/km.
The new Terios comes with a short-throw
five-speed manual gearbox, or with a four-speed automatic
(Terios 1.5 SE).
The compact engine is mounted in-line,
followed by the gearbox. A centre differential transfers
torque to both the front and rear axles via two separate
In the UK, all new Terios models have a
full-time 4WD system with a fixed 50/50 front to rear
torque-split and centre differential which eliminates axle
wind-up – the phenomenon of the steering becoming
increasingly heavy on full-lock. In other markets such as
Japan, a rear-wheel-drive version is
available for both versions,
the Toyota ‘Rush’ and Daihatsu equivalent ‘Be-go’.
A fascia-mounted switch activates the
electronically-controlled differential-lock. This further
aids traction in mud or deep snow, while short front and
rear overhangs and a 190 mm ground clearance also signal
serious off-road ability.
The new Terios has a front approach
angle of 38° degrees with a rear of 37° degrees. It
benefits from a totally new monocoque platform (unitary
body) with a revised chassis tuned for car-like handling
with vastly improved ride and stability compared to the
Aided by its considerably wider front
and rear tracks, the new Terios features front MacPherson
struts, lower wishbones and an anti-roll bar.
The five-link rear suspension has
variable-rate coil springs and near vertical rear
shock-absorbers which improve damping and therefore
comfort, pitch and roll.
Compared to the old Terios, the front
anti-roll bar is of a new design, with a revised hydraulic
power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering gear for better
accuracy and feel, while the bump stops better control
In addition, an increased
shock-absorber rebound stroke improves rough terrain
At the rear, a new lateral rod reduces
axle squirm and benefits refinement, a newly-designed
upper control arm enhances stability, a new shock-absorber
reduces brake judder and a longer suspension stroke
improves ride comfort.
Other rear suspension improvements
include a more compact design resulting in a lower boot
floor and a new design of spring and lower control arm
which reduce rear differential noise.
With regard to safety, the new
Terios has, for both driver and passenger, front and side
airbags with standard four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
featuring electronic brake force distribution (EBD) which
maximises stopping power and minimises skidding (UK
specifications - prices and equipment might differ between
As for pedestrians, the front bumper
and bonnet are designed to minimise injury to the head and
thigh with a shock-absorbing structure built into the
High-power seatbelt pretensioners are
standard while special pads are installed to reduce injury
to occupant knees, torso and lower legs. The pedals are
also designed not to intrude during an impact.
Every new Terios model has as standard
equipment (UK specifications) from the entry-level Terios
1.5 S, air-conditioning, power-steering, ABS with EBD,
full-time four-wheel drive with centre diff-lock, driver,
passenger and side airbags, three rear-seat three-point
seatbelts, radio/CD player, four electric windows and
reverse parking sensors.
The Terios 1.5 SX adds alloy wheels
with 235/60R tyres, two-tone wheel arch extensions and
side-skirts, roof rails, multi-information display, front
fog-lamps, smoked ‘privacy glass’ for the rear side
doors and rear window, leather steering wheel, electric
windscreen de-icer and door mirrors and various AC sockets
and load-restraint ties.
The automatic transmission-only Terios
1.5 SE has a similar equipment level to the SX but
features a different design of alloy wheel with 215/65
tyres and has colour-keyed side skirts.
Like all Daihatsus, the new Terios will
enjoy (UK) a three-year unlimited mileage warranty with
roadside assistance plus an eight-year anti-perforation