More photos and videos of the hot new Daihatsu Rocky have come in. The small SUV – also available as the Toyota Raize in Japan – is lightweight at 980 kg, and its dimensions – 3,995 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, 1,620 mm tall, and with a 2,525 mm-long wheelbase – make it only somewhat larger than the Perodua Myvi.

The Rocky sits on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), which is a monocoque construction (unlike the Toyota Rush, Daihatsu Terios and Perodua Aruz that sit atop a ladder frame chassis) utilising high-tensile steel plates for increased rigidity, and rides on MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension.

A 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine is standard across the board, offering 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm, paired to a D-CVT. It boasts a WLTP fuel efficiency figure of 18.6 km per litre with front-wheel drive and 17.4 km per litre with the optional all-wheel drive variant with Dynamic Torque Control.

The Daihatsu Rocky is also big on safety. Range-topping models get Daihatsu’s Smart Assist suite of driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, all-speed adaptive cruise control and front and rear Erroneous Start Prevention Function with braking control, along with a Smart Panorama Parking Assist system that provides steering assistance and visual and audible guidance when parking.

Now, onto exterior design. The Rocky wears an identifiably different fascia compared to the Raize, featuring a large hexagonal grille with horizontal slats, an asymmetrical lower intake, squared fog lamps, as well as vertically-positioned LED DRLs (only available on more expensive models). The rear is almost a carbon copy, though.

Wheel designs also differ, though the largest remains at 17 inches. There are eight monotone exterior colours to choose from, those being Black Mica Metallic, Laser Blue Crystal Shine, Mustard Yellow Mica Metallic, Fire Quartz Red Metallic, Natural Beige Mica Metallic, Shining White Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic, and Compano Red. The last three options can be had with a two-tone finish, where the roof gets painted in black metallic.

Inside, the cabin is pretty much identical to the Raize, but of course it gets the right badging and some trims that are unique to Daihatsu. It also has the same 900 mm space between the front and rear seats, and the boot features a dual-level floor that offers up to 369 litres of space.

Lastly, pricing. There are four variants of the Rocky that are on sale in Japan, starting with the entry-level L that costs 1.55 million yen (RM59k). Above that is the Rocky X at 1.68 million yen (RM64k), Rocky G at 1.82 million yen (RM69k), and the Rocky Premium at two million yen (RM76k). All models get the AWD option as well. Now, the Rocky may be rebadged as the next Perodua Kembara, so take a look at how it stacks up against the Geely Binyue, otherwise known as the Proton X50.




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