Daihatsu, one of the biggest rivals of small car maker Suzuki in Japan will showcase the Taft concept at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon.
The Taft is a crossover kei car that will reportedly be powered by a 660cc engine. Although the Taft moniker was first used on a 4×4 SUV introduced back in 1974, where it stood for Tall Almighty Four-wheel Touring vehicle. Since the new one is likely to be offered as a front-wheel drive model (with optional all-wheel drive, as is usual in Japan), the acronym has been changed to Tall Almighty Fun Tool.
The design features octagonal headlights and a beefy bumper, boxy black plastic fender flares, skid plates and an upright glasshouse with squarish side windows. The Taft comes with a large glass sunroof and a “flat, easy-to-use luggage space.” Daihatsu hasn’t released technical information however a naturally aspirated as well as turbocharged engine is likely to be on offer.
The near production-ready Daihatsu Taft will be launched in Japan towards mid 2020 and will compete against the likes of Suzuki Hustler. Alongside Taft, Daihatsu will also present a range of outlandishly modified vehicles & other concepts. Stay tuned for more info from Tokyo Auto Salon.
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