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At the Tokyo Motor Show last week, Daihatsu previewed a nameless compact SUV, which reports indicated could be known as the Rocky. It’s now confirmed that the five-seat, B-segment offering will be known by that name, as revealed by photos from an Instagram post by mr.t.tani showing a number of examples of the SUV on a transporter in Japan, with Rocky badges visible on their tailgates.
The Rocky isn’t a new nameplate for the brand, having been around since the early ’90s – the first-gen was sold here, albeit badged under its other moniker, the Feroza. Towards the end of the 90s, the name was replaced by the Terios, which was sold here as the Perodua Kembara in its first-gen form, and later very briefly as the Nautica (and Toyota Rush) in its second-gen guise.
Specifications revealed at the TMS has the Rocky – which sits on a Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform – tipping the scales at 980 kg, and at 3,995 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,620 mm tall, with a 2,525 mm-long wheelbase, the SUV is slightly larger than the current Myvi, which measures in at 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,515 mm tall, with a 2,500 mm-long wheelbase.
The Rocky is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled three-cylinder 996 cc petrol engine offering 98 PS at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm, the mill paired with a CVT. The same engine and output numbers are to be seen in the upcoming Toyota Raize, which is the Rocky’s twin.
It has been speculated that the upcoming Perodua D55L B-segment SUV is set to be based on the Rocky. Spyshots earlier in the month showed a Perodua development model – which appeared to be a test mule wearing a stretched Axia body – going up Genting Highlands. At last year’s Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show, the automaker showcased a vehicle called the X-Concept, hinting at a small crossover possibly in the works.
Now that the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize nameplates have emerged, what do you think the eventual Perodua version should be called? The return of the Kembara? The Stallone?