Mitsuoka’s American-styled RAV4 is in high demandDecember 1, 2020
Mitsuoka premiered the Buddy crossover, styled after the 1970-1980s Chevrolet K5 Blazer, on November 26. Only a week later, the company announced an impressive demand for the new product (by the standards of its modest capabilities), and when ordering a car right now, it will not be possible to receive it until 2023.
In 2021, the Japanese are going to produce 50 “buddies” (this is how the model name is translated), another 150 cars will be shipped to customers in 2022. Recall that the model is based on the Toyota RAV4 crossover, while the external panels are formed by the company from sheet ABS and polypropylene, although for its other conversions Mitsuoka uses fiberglass plastic.
As a basis for Mitsuoka Buddy can be used as a regular RAV4 with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and CVT, and a version of the “sequential hybrid” with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electromechanical transmission. In both cases, the drive is either front-wheel drive or full at the customer’s choice.
Buddy prices in Japan start at 4,697,000 yen. Note that the standard RAV4 on the local market starts at 2,743,000 yen for the version with a 2.0-liter engine, manual transmission and front-wheel drive.
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