Toyota India is known for their build quality, solid, and reliability. Now, the Japanese carmaker wants to enter the small car segment with the help of Daihatsu. Toyota has full ownership over Daihatsu which is known for its small cars. Here are some of the Daihatsu cars that Toyota should bring to India.
1. Daihatsu Ayla:
The Ayla measures 3,600mm in length, 1,600mm in width, 1,520mm in height and with a ground clearance of 180mm. This is bigger than the Maruti Alto K10; hence the Ayla is much more roomier than the Alto K10. The measurement is closer the currently popular Renault Kwid.
The Daihatsu Ayla is a conventional looking car with a bold and butch design, so you could probably say that the cabin space is as the Kwid and has the design language of an Alto K10. As for the powertrain, the Daihatsu Ayla is powered by a 998cc three-cylinder engine producing 64bhp and 85Nm of torque and comes mated with the option of 5-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
2. Daihatsu Sirion:
With the measurements of 3,690mm in length, 1,665mm in width, 1,545mm in height and ground clearance of 160mm it can rival the likes of Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10. The Maruti Swift measures lower in the length and the width compared to the Sirion which suggests that it is slightly smaller in cabin space.
As for the engine on the Daihatsu Sirion, it is powered by 1,298cc four cylinder petrol engine which develops 89bhp and 117Nm of torque. The engine comes mated with the option of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. Design wise, the Sirion is sporty yet roomier in cabin space.
3. Daihatsu Terios:
The Terios is a 7-seater compact SUV and can rival the likes of Renault Duster, Honda BR-V or the Mahindra TUV300. Measuring 4,385mm in length, 1,745mm in width, 1,740mm in height and 200mm in ground clearance the Terios is a pure compact SUV which is India's current trend.
Under the hood, the Daihatsu Terios is powered by the 1495cc 16-valve petrol mill that produces 108bhp of power and 142Nm of torque. You have the option of either the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. On the design front, the Terios is angular, butch and beefy with SUV characteristics.
4. Toyota Calya:
You might wonder why it comes under the brand of Toyota, well, it is Sigra under Daihatsu. Toyota sells the Calya under its brand as well. The Calya is an MPV measuring 4,070mm in length, 1,655mm in width, 1,600mm in height, and 180mm in ground clearance. The Calya can rival the likes of Renault Lodgy and more importantly it could sit below the Innova Crysta.
On the engine specifications front, the Toyota Calya comes with options of two engines, a 998cc three-cylinder petrol engine or the 1,197cc four-cylinder petrol mill. The 998cc engine produces 66bhp and 89Nm of torque, while the 1,197cc engine produces 87bhp and 108Nm of torque. Gearbox comes with the option of 5-speed manual or the 4-speed automatic.
With the specifications matching to some of the cars in India, Daihatsu has a tailor-made portfolio of cars for India. Toyota has established its presence in the country with its sheer quality and reliability. Now, with the pedigree of Toyota and the various models of Daihatsu, the combination could prove a winner and might give some of its rival a good competition.