After breaking covers at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show last month, Daihatsu has launched the new Rocky compact SUV in its home market in Japan. Its sister product, the Toyota Raize also went in sale earlier this week.
Both Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize are mechanically identical to each other with just cosmetic differences adhering to each brand’s design language. The fascia features large hexagonal grille with horizontal slats, an asymmetrical lower intake, squared fog lamps, as well as vertically-positioned LED DRLs. Rest of the vehicle remains the same.
In terms of interior everything remains same apart from branding off course. The dashboard is dominated by a free-standing 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that sits above the center air vents, below which are the switchgear for the automatic air-conditioning system and start button, while the two-tier center console houses the gear selector, power outlets, heated seat controls, stowage areas and the handbrake. Like Raize, there is 900 mm space between the front and rear seats. The boot features a dual-level floor that at its lowest position results in 369 liters of boot space.
Measuring 3,995 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, 1,620 mm tall, and having a 2,525 mm-long wheelbase the Rocky weighs just 980kg and sits on Daihatsu’s DNGA modular platform with monocoque construction utilizing high-tensile steel plates for increased rigidity, and rides on MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension.
Daihatsu Rocky gets powered by the same 1.0 liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine developing 98 hp of power and 140 Nm of torque, paired to a D-CVT gearbox. It boasts a WLTP fuel economy figure of 18.6 km per liter with front-wheel drive and 17.4 km per liter with the all-wheel drive variant with Dynamic Torque Control.
Daihatsu Rocky Accessory Packages
Like many JDM cars, the Rocky too offers a range of accessory packages namely Elegance, Powerful and Sporty. Daihatsu Rocky comes available in four trims– L, X, G and Premium– each getting an optional AWD. Prices start a little cheaper than Raize from 1,550,000 yen (PKR 22.15 lac) and goes as high as 2,000,000 yen (PKR 28.49 lac) for the flagship Premium version.