Founded in the year 1907, Daihatsu claims to be the oldest Japanese automobile manufacturing marque. More than a century has passed, and the brand is not showing any sign of fading. With its range of off-road vehicles, the brand has gained laurels in the diverse part of the world, and yet again with the launch of the facelifted version of the Terios, the multinational has set up a new trend in the world of automobiles, i.e, mixing economy with a huge stature. Appearing at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Terios was first introduced in the year 1997, so far it has reached to its second generation and still the legacy continues.
With flamboyant new look, this mini SUV is available in two trim levels- TS and TX, both having their own automatic and manual variants. Striking hood of the Terios accommodates a 1.5-litre gasoline engine, that gusts out a maximum power measuring 109 PS at 6000 rpm. The four wheel drive train of the SUV is availed with a peak torque of 141 Nm at 4400 rpm. With 5-speed manual transmission, the SUV hits to figure of 100 km/h in just 12.2 seconds, at the same with 4-speed automatic transmission it attains a top speed of 175 kmph. The VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing Intelligent) technology housed in the engine, adjust the angle of camshaft, thus nurturing the combustion stoichiometry and delivering a decent mileage of 11.9 kmpl.
With bold new look, the SUV attains some masculine attributes this time. Bumper integrated skid plate and rear mounted spoilers add to the aerodynamic factor of the vehicle. Black tinted matrix radiator grille with brands insignia on its offers ample gasping of air to the engine bay. High intensity projector lamps and bumper integrated fog lamps offers maximum illumination without dazzling. Combination lamps with bumper integrated skid plates at the rear adds to the sporty persona of the car. With a measurement range of 4385mm X 1695mm-1745mm X 1695mm-1740mm (L X W X H), the Terios adopts every traits that an SUV should have. 16 inch alloy of the Terios accommodates tyre size of 215/65 R16.
Generous interior of the Terios has nicely arranged controls, that avails you with a fatigue free driving experience. Black and silver chrome accents on the cabin throws a sense of elegance to the interior. Three row seating arrangement of the car offers a total of 7 persons to be settled at a time. Double din Audio/Video system of the car also has an AUX and USB connectivity that allows you to play your choice of genre. Sporty shift lever of the SUV is located at an adequate distance from the steering wheel, thus offering easy and brisk shifting of gear. 380-litres of boot space could be increased to 778-litres, which is a blessing swallowing your heavy load of luggages.
Disc brakes at the front and booster drums at the rear offers an efficient braking performance even at high speeds. Anti-lock braking system equipped in both the variants prevents the wheel locking condition, thus reducing the risk of skidding. McPherson strut suspension with coil and stabilizers at the front and 5-link rigid suspension at the rear avails the occupants with a stable and comfortable ride even at rugged terrains. With ASEAN NCAP safety standards, the dual SRS airbag equipped in the car allows you to escape fatal injuries during collisions. Apart from these, the Total Advanced Function (TAF) body of the car absorbs the effect of collision, thus offering maximum safety against frontal collisions.
This classy looking car is neither an estate nor a proper SUV, but a budget alternative for those desiring a powerful four wheel drive. With its efficient mileage and good aesthetics, the Terios stays high where speed is secondary, and efficiency is prime.