Daihatsu Terios – Perfect Mini SUV For The Whole Family

You might have heard of the car Daihatsu Terios and are quite happy with the results available over there lately. This is one mini SUV, which first came into the market in 1997 by Daihatsu, a Japanese manufacturer. It was mainly the successor of the F300 series Rocky. Terios originated from the old Greek word, which was translated roughly to “making dreams come true.” Before you proceed further and procure this perfect mini SUV for the entire family, it is important to learn a bit more about the car and then make the right investment in it.


The first-generation model

The first generation Terios was available as one give-door wagon. It was a smaller Kei car, which was also noted as Terios Kid, which was primarily released in Japan. The model codes of the first generation car were J100, J102, and J122. In October 1998, the first Terios Kid came into the market and continued to last for 6 years after the original Terios got replaced.

  • In the year 2000, Daihatsu gave Terios a great makeover both in the interior and exterior portion. A new chrome grille was placed in the place of the black plastic one. The higher graded model also came with electric front windows, rear-seat head restraints, central locking, roof rails, alloy wheels, and roof-mounted rear spoiler.
  • In terms of mechanical section, the 1.3 liters SOHC 4 cylinder engine was fitted to the main model, and the 1.3 liter DOHC four-cylinder engine later replaced it. The power of this car was further increased by around 3 kW. You can find a sport version of this model in Japan, known as K3-VET.

First-generation in Indonesia

You can find a version of Terios in Indonesia under the name of Daihatsu Taruna. It comprises a different kind of front or rear styling and a longer body for seating 7 people together. The name mainly translates to “young knight,” and it was launched in 1999 July with a 1589 cc HD C petrol engine with a carburetor. 

  • Initially, this model was available in the short-wheelbase configurations under the C series. 
  • Later, the engine got replaced with the 1498 CC HE E period engine with the much-needed electronic fuel injection in 2001. 
  • It came in handy with long-wheelbase configurations under the F series, and it was introduced with the same HD C engine as the 1999 to 2001 C series. Later, it was replaced with the HE-E engine, as seen in the 2001 C series.

The second generation of the Terios car

In most of the Asian markets, South American and European countries, this new Terios model was sold under the name Terios only. Daihatsu was the one to design and manufacture this model and supply this vehicle to Toyota under OEM manufacturing agreement. 

It came under a concept model called D Compact 4 x4 model. It first made its appearance in September 2005 and in November 2005 before it was named Terios and went into production house in January of 2006. The model codes as seen during that time were J200, J210, and J211 for shorter wheelbase configurations. For the longer wheelbase configurations, the models were F700 and F710.

In the Indonesia market

On 14h December 2006, this model was launched in the Indonesian market as the second generation Terios and first-generation Rush. Both these cars were sold like hotcakes and mostly in their long-wheelbase configurations and the rear-wheel-drive layout. The only difference was that Terios could accommodate 7 people, and Rush was designed for a smaller family of 5.

Lastly, the third generation model

This 3rd generation model came into Indonesia on 23rd November 2017 with the second generation Rush. The car’s development was primarily led by Eiji Fujibayashi in 2015 and was included in the FT concept. Unlike any of the previous models, these cars are sold in their longer wheelbase configurations only. You cannot find the short wheelbase of the 4-wheel drive option here.

Check out all the models before making a final informed decision with Terios. Don’t forget to check out the price as well!

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