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New Daihatsu Terios compact 4x4
Bigger and more powerful

New generation Daihatsu Terios - Terios SX in photo.

New Daihatsu Terios, from this spring in Europe.

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.

The small 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.

Previous generation Daihatsu Terios.

Current Daihatsu Terios.

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.

Japan's Toyota Rush (top) and Daihatsu Be-go.

Its four-door, five-seat body is compact yet practical, offering small car running costs and manoeuvrability.

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 category)..

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.

Daihatsu Sirion, another key model in Daihatsu's European growth strategy.

Sirion, 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 propeller shafts.

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 previous model.

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 axle articulation.

In addition, an increased shock-absorber rebound stroke improves rough terrain driveability.

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 markets).

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 bonnet.

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 warranty.

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