Remember the unnamed small Daihatsu crossover we covered at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show? Well, it has a name now, and it's dubbed the Rocky. Some of you might know the name although we're more familiar with its alternate moniker, the Feroza. Yes folks, the 2020 Daihatsu Rocky is, essentially, the Feroza reborn.
For those expecting a small, rugged 4x4 that can match more powerful rigs, you might be disappointed. As we mentioned before, it's a crossover now so there's no ladder frame chassis, or even four-wheel drive in the first place. The modern day Feroza is more high-riding hatchback than river-crossing trekker.
If anything, the Rocky seems to have taken a page from the Suzuki Vitara. If you recall, the Vitara was a subcompact 4x4 that can take on trails with the bigger SUVs. Now, it's become a crossover that's more car-like than truck-like. Judging by the specs, it's exactly what's happened here.
The new Rocky comes standard with front-wheel drive and it's powered by a 1.0-liter engine that's good for 98 PS and 140 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a continuously variable transmission. For those who do want to venture off the (slightly) beaten path, there's also an all-wheel drive version available. There's no low-range though, and the all-wheel drive is mainly for assisting the car setting off in slippery conditions than actual rock crawling.
At less than four meters long (3,995 mm), it's smaller than most subcompact crossovers. It's closest rival in terms of length would be the Ford EcoSport sans its tailgate mounted spare tire. Still, the compact dimensions hark back to the days of the original Rocky/Feroza from the early 90's. The new Rocky is actually a few millimeters longer than the old one, and the new engine layout means there's more space inside too.
So, will the Rocky be offered here in the Philippines? Given that Daihatsu isn't in the country, that's unlikely. However, what may be possible for the Philippines is its Toyota-badged counterpart, the Raize.
Still, wouldn't it be cool if the Feroza name came back here again?