Daihatsu CUV Concept hints at the next Terios/Rush
By Hafriz Shah
23 September 2013
The Daihatsu CUV Concept is the eighth and last of the Japanese small car specialist’s new unveilings at the Indonesian International Motor Show 2013. It joins the DR-Estate coupe, UFC-2 MPV, NC-Y and NC-Z small car pair and the Ayla GT, Luxury and X-Track concept vehicles at the Daihatsu stand, which is certainly the standout star of the entire show.
It’s clear to see that the Indonesian market is high on the company’s radar, it pulling out all the stops at the nation’s premiere car event. Why wouldn’t it? Indonesia contributes to over 70% of Daihatsu’s total production volume outside its home market in Japan, coming out of a dedicated R&D and manufacturing centre on the outskirts of Jakarta.
Making its world debut at IIMS 2013, the CUV Concept points at the future of Daihatsu’s small crossover offerings. It’s already being touted as a thinly-veiled preview of the next-generation Terios, which some may know as the model that spawned the Perodua Kembara and later, the Nautica. In Malaysia, a stretched version of the mini SUV is marketed as the Toyota Rush.