Text: Brent Co / Photos: Daihatsu Press | posted August 21, 2015 14:37
Daihatsu to join small crossover segment with new concept
Japanese automaker Daihatsu is poised to join the small crossover segment with the new FX Concept it just launched at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. According to Daihatsu, the FF (front-engine front-wheel-drive) compact car based concept features an advanced and dynamic design with the capability of taking on light to rough terrain.
In terms of size, the FX measures 3800 mm long, 1690 mm wide and 1580 mm tall; it sits on a 2455 mm wheelbase. The new concept seems to be pitted against future models such as the Honda BR-V and possibly something from Mitsubishi (based on Mirage) as well.
Not much details have been revealed, we are assuming it to be based off Toyota's EFC platform due to similarity in terms of dimensions with the Etios Liva (3775 mm long, 1695 mm wide, 1510 mm tall with a 2460 mm wheelbase).
The interior features a modern minimalistic design with polygonal elements housing LED/LCD displays following the sharp edged exterior features.
The FX Concept is said to be powered by a 1.2-liter engine. It could likely be the 3NR-FE found in the Thai-market Yaris which outputs 80 PS and 104 Nm. While Toyota did reveal a new 8NR-FTS 1.2-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline-4 rated at 116 PS and 185 Nm last April, we highly doubt it finding its way under the hood of a Daihatsu.
While Daihatsu isn't exactly available in the local market, we are not discounting its appearance as a possible Toyota badged small crossover. Toyota Motor Philippines currently offers rebadged Daihatsu models such as the Avanza MPV (Xenia) and Wigo small hatchback (Ayla).