Daihatsu presents a new TAFT crossover in TokyoDecember 26, 2019
The prototype of the new “light crossover” will debut at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon, which will open its doors on January 10. Before the reincarnation, the model belonged to the clan of key-cars, which was reflected in its dimensions.
Toyota-owned Daihatsu will show the TAFT prototype at the Tokyo tuning show, considered a development of the Waku Waku concept, which was announced by the automaker as a crossover and key car hybrid (K-SUV). The novelty, which the developers call the “new type of light crossover”, will reach the assembly line in the middle of next year. Acronym TAFT stands for Tough & Almighty Fun Tool. In length, the car reaches 3,395 mm, and its width is 1,475 mm.
Under the hood, new products expect to see a motor with a capacity of no more than 660 “cubes” with a maximum return of 64 hp. (as befits kei-karam). The manufacturer chose a variator as a transmission, and made the front-wheel drive. Probably, for a surcharge it will be possible to purchase all-wheel drive TAFT.
Fans of the brand remember the name “TAFT” by the SUV, produced in 7974-1984.
Such a car was a bit more compact than the prototype (3320 × 1460 × 1860 mm), had four-wheel drive, and its name read as Tough and Almighty Four-wheel Touring Vehicle (in translation it turns out very intricate – “Strong and omnipotent four-wheeled tourist vehicle”). Such SUVs were driven by gasoline engines for one and 1.6 liters or 2.5 and 2.8-liter diesel engines. All engines combined with manual transmission.
The Daihatsu TAFT interior is in many ways similar to the interior of the conceptual Waku Waku, with the difference that the central display is larger. The novelty also relies on optics with LEDs, a panoramic roof and a simple mechanism for transforming the rear row of seats. Other newcomers to the Tokyo show include the new Rocky SUV (aka Toyota Raize), the Copen GR Sport roadster, Tanto key cars in various designs, one of which will please fans of Spider-Man comics, as well as Hijet fans in rock climbing versions , DJs and even fans of Japanese virtual singer Miku Hatsune.
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