In November last year, PT Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) revealed the new 2018 Daihatsu Terios, but not with pricing, just like its Toyota Rush twin. The important figures are finally out, and amazingly, prices for most variants are slightly lower than what ADM charged for the previous generation Terios.

In ascending order, the 2018 Terios range starts with the basic Terios X MT, which is priced at an unchanged Rp 195.2 million (RM58,325). The MT Deluxe goes for Rp 205.2 million (RM89 lower), the X AT Deluxe for Rp 215.2 million (RM343 lower) and the R MT for Rp 227.9 million. The AT version of the mid-spec R now goes for Rp 237.9 million, which is RM1,225 lower.

For the higher end variants, the Terios R MT Deluxe is pegged at Rp 237.9 million (RM59 lower) while the R AT Deluxe is down by RM1,225 to be Rp 247.9 million, which is equivalent to RM74,092. The Terios’ RM58k to RM74k price range is lower than the Toyota Rush’s RM72k to RM78k range, and this is consistent with the Daihatsu-Toyota brand positioning in Indonesia, as seen with the Ayla-Agya, CalyaSigra and Avanza-Xenia twins.

What many don’t realise is that Daihatsu – now wholly-owned by Toyota – takes the lead in many of these “twins” 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 Avanza and 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.

Would you like to see this seven-seater 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 Malaysian market leader has given strong hints that it is working on a compact SUV, so keep your fingers crossed.