The Daihatsu D-Compact 4×4 is what they call their ‘proposal’ for a new compact SUV style of look. It looks very much like the Toyota RAV4. Though that’s not a crime, they are owned by Toyota after all.

UPDATE: Perodua has announced that a new Kembara will be launched in mid-2008. It is expected that the new Perodua Kembara replacement will be based on the Daihatsu Bego/Toyota Rush. Click here for more details.

UPDATE: New Kembara replacement Perodua SUV spotted on Malaysian roads!

I would love to see the Daihatsu Terios be refreshed with this model and subsequently introduced into our local market as a Perodua Kembara as with the previous Terios.

As with all modern car designs, wheelbase is long and overhangs over the front and rear are kept at a minimum. This positions the tyres at the 4 edges of the vehicle creating a large interior room.

The D-Compact 4X4 gets a newly developed 1.5 DVVT DOHC engine and it comes with full time 4WD with a center differential lock. This engine produces 105hp at 6000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The car weighs 1230kg. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.6 litres per 100km. The concept model shown uses 18 inch alloy rims with 235/55/R18 tyres.