The Daihatsu Terios is a production by the Japanese car maker Daihatsu, a company partly owned by Toyota. As such, the second generation Terios has been co-developed by Toyota and Daihatsu. It comes as a mini SUV which first entered the market in 1997. The car uses a modified engine of the Daihatsu Charade, a 1.3 L which uses either a four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive. Transmission options include the 5-speed manual transmission and the 4-speed automatic transmission.

The mini SUV has also taken up different names in various markets, which culture has been characteristic of Toyota’s naming of its brands, here also adopted by Daihatsu perfectly well. Other names tagged on the Terios are the Toyota Cami, Dario Terios, Daihatsu Truma and Perodua Kembara; all used across the globe in various markets. The car has been in production since the year 1995 and engines options include the 1.3 litre and 1.5 litre engines; with diesel engine versions yet to be provided. Only the 1.5 litre version is available with both two- or four-wheel drive. Daihatsu provided the first generation Terios as a 4-door estate. The Daihatsu Terios 1.5 L comes as a 4x4/ All wheel drive mini SUV with very advanced technology, that has made this mini-SUV a darling for those in search of the most affordable, stylish performing vehicle. It also adopts a front diff lock and being a full time 4x4 vehicle, the Terios has no fear of the outdoors. Of course not as sizeable as the Toyota Land Cruiser, it is the rigidity and toughness of the car that enables it to boldly take on the outdoors with passion and daring determination. The car is quite ready to prove its outdoor abilities to anyone who may doubt it.

The Terios has a boot capacity of 380 liters and dimensionally, the mini-SUV measures 4055mm in length, with a height of 1810mm. Its ground clearance which makes it a champion on the outdoors is an incredible 255mm. The width of the Terios Min-SUV is at 1695mm, and has a licensed mass of 1490kgs. The SUV takes inside the front bonnet, a longitudinal inline 4 cylinder engine and it uses a 5-speed manual transmission. Daihatsu provides a favorable warranty and service plan of 75,000km. Oil change interval is set at 15,000km for the best performance and longevity of the engine. It comes with a 3 year/100,000km warranty.

Average fuel consumption is estimated at 8.86 L per 100km. The engine uses unleaded petrol and has a tank capacity of 50 L, which is the basis for the 560km the mini-SUV can go before a refill. The engine is quite capable when it comes to power and torque generation. The 1.5 engine does 87kW at 6200 rpm and generates a maximum torque of 150Nm at 4600 rpm. Comfort and convenience is also real in the Terios. The aircon, front and rear headrests, the radio and CD player provides the basis for the joy and coziness in the mini-SUV. Other comfort features includes the power features, such as power steering, electric windows and remote mirrors. Other features to note on the Terios are the tinted side windows, tinted windscreen, the rear screen demister and rear screen wiper. The mini-SUV allows for the creation of more space for additional luggage due to the rear seat split function which allows for the seats to be folded and more space created in the interior.

At the base and core of the passive and active safety features portfolio on the mini-SUV are functions and features such as the alarm, a transponder for the engine immobilizer, airbags for the driver and passengers and the side airbags for protection from side impact. Daihatsu has also gone an extra mile in taking care of the needs of its drivers and passengers by providing a roadside assistance package.

The styling of the mini-SUV is courtesy of the definitive body style, the body colored bumpers and mirrors, with the metallic paint available as an option. The mini-SUV comes with a 5-door body style and also incorporates 5 seats. The front braking system adopts ventilated discs, while the rear takes on drums. The front suspension is courtesy of the MacPherson struts, coils and stabilizing bar, with the rear using the 5-link axle rigid axle and coils. The adjustable rake and steering wheel also provides for safety and is also a convenience feature for the driver for the best driving position. This mini-SUV is one of the best offerings in the min-SUV range. It derives its ideals from the combined forces of two legendary car makers; Toyota and Daihatsu Motor Company.

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