At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Daihatsu is previewing an upcoming compact SUV, which could be an early look at the much rumoured Perodua D55L B-segment SUV – a smaller five-seat, B-segment cousin to the Aruz.

The information board on site doesn’t list any names, but reports indicate that the model, which rides on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform, could be called the Rocky. However, we do get a useful list of specifications, including the vehicle’s dimensions as well as the powertrain used.

Starting with the former, the 980-kg Daihatsu SUV measures 3,995 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, 1,620 mm tall, and has a 2,525 mm wheelbase. This makes it larger than the current Myvi, which has a length of 3,895 mm, width of 1,735 mm, height of 1515 mm and a wheelbase spanning 2,500 mm.

Design-wise, the unnamed SUV has a rather imposing look to it, with a large, hexagonal-shaped grille that is flanked by angular headlamps with “eyebrow-style” DRLs and triangular fog lamp enclosures – the latter houses the fog lamps, front parking sensors and a vertical LED strip. The shape of the headlamps and grille also results in the fitment of a shapely bonnet that tapers towards the latter.

Viewed from the side, we find black body cladding around 17-inch wheels (195/60 series) that is appropriate to create the SUV look and a “floating roof” look that sees the C-pillars being body-coloured as opposed to black like on the A- and B-pillars. There are even small window sections aft of the C-pillar, which are kept separate from the rear window by vertical trim pieces that lead to a tailgate spoiler.

Moving towards the rear, you’ll find relatively slim taillights that are linked by another black trim piece running across the tailgate, which sports the Daihatsu badge just above the tailgate release button. If the rear lighting setup has an air of familiarity to them – think Myvi – the lower apron reinforces that belief further thanks to the decorative “vents” and low-mounted number plate. Just to note, the red car you see here is the sportier trim level with red interior accents, while the white car is the standard trim.

Inside the five-seater, the dashboard is dominated by a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system that sits above the centre air vents. Curiously, the corner vents are placed slightly higher than expected but this is deliberate to make room for cupholders, which should help keep that fizzy drink chilled.

Below said centre vents are the switchgear for the automatic air-conditioning system and start button, while the two-tier centre console houses the gear selector, power outlets, heated seat controls, stowage areas and the handbrake. Other cues include a steering wheel that is festooned with buttons, and a digital instrument cluster display.

Powering the Daihatsu SUV is a turbocharged and intercooled three-cylinder petrol engine, with the 996-cc mill serving up 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm, and this is mated to a CVT driving the front wheels.

While it may not have a name, the SUV is so before you is pretty much production ready as is, although there’s no indicated date on when it will be launched. For now, Perodua has not confirmed if this will indeed turn into a model that we’ll be able to buy, but it certainly looks promising. We previously sighted a development model going up Genting Highlands earlier this month, which appeared to be a test mule wearing a stretched Axia body.

Prior to that, the national carmaker showcased the X-Concept during the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show, and if this indeed becomes Perodua’s B-segment SUV, it will most likely get a unique front end inspired by said concept.

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