One’s out, here’s the other. We’re of course referring to the just-unveiled Toyota Rush and its sister car you see here – the Daihatsu Terios. The twins replace a duo that has been around for over a decade. They will take on SUV-flavoured MPVs such as the Honda BR-V and Mitsubishi Xpander.

As with many Toyota models in Indonesia, there’s a Daihatsu twin offering the same car with slightly altered styling and a lower price tag. What many don’t realise is that Daihatsu – now wholly-owned by Toyota – takes the lead in many of these projects and manufactures the cars for both brands. That’s the case with the new Rush-Terios, although only the Toyota-badged car will be exported to other emerging markets.

The new Terios is underpinned by an overhauled platform, which means that it retains the front engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Handling stability and ride comfort, NVH levels and fuel efficiency have all been improved, Daihatsu says.

Like the Rush, the Terios gets a new engine – the 2NR-VE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i unit makes 104 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. It’s around 25% more efficient than the previous mill. Gearbox options are a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic. The 2NR has been in the Toyota Avanza/Daihatsu Xenia since 2015, and is the same engine we get in the new Perodua Myvi.

Like the Rush, the seven-seater Terios is 4,435 mm long and 1,695 mm wide, which is 18 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than the Honda, although its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 23 mm longer than the BR-V’s. Ground clearance is a high 220 mm, which is a valuable feature in Indonesia (BR-V 201 mm).

Daihatsu says that cabin length is up by 170 mm, which increases tandem distance by 45 mm (distance between first and second rows) and and cargo area length by 150 mm. The expanded luggage space is large enough for four of the gallon bottles that are widely used in Indonesia.

The new Rush-Terios ditches the boxy faux 4×4 look of old (no more spare wheel on the tailgate too) for a MPV-SUV style with hints of the Toyota Fortuner in the design.

While the Rush uses dark chrome for the front grille for a sportier face, the Terios comes with chrome horizontal slats, matched with chrome foglamp housings. Like the Rush, the headlamps are LED units. It’s the same at the back, but with the addition of black trim bridging the long wraparound tail lamps.

Such a big improvement in design and features. Would you like to see this Terios in Malaysia as a new Perodua Kembara? Or would you prefer a more compact, but more sophisticated car-based SUV from Perodua (think HR-V instead of BR-V)? The latter would be nice. Perodua said earlier this year that it is “seriously considering” a compact SUV, so keep your fingers crossed.



GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Rush