The new generation Terios meets every urbanite’s dream
The Terios, first released by the Japanese car manufacturer Daihatsu in 1997 but still trending in Uganda, fits the bill for the perfect mini-SUV, whichever way you look at it.
What we see so often on our roads is the first generation Terios, a four-door estate or station-wagon. Sadly buyers are coming to appreciate the Terios and ensuring that they are a common sight at a time when elsewhere it is the second generation which is fast approaching its ‘sell by’ date. The second generation of Terios was co-developed by Daihatsu and fellow Japanese manufacturer Toyota.
Oh, did I tell you that the first-generation Daihatsu Terios is also known as Toyota Cami? Well, those who have seen a Cami and Terios will bear me witness that the only difference between these two is just in the name.
In spite of its not-so-huge frame, it’s still a very reliable car with impeccable road manners.
The engines are a modified Daihatsu Charade 1.3 litre or kei car 660 cc unit, with constant four wheel drive (4WD) or two wheel drive (2WD), respectively.
The 4-speed automatic transmission might be a drawback or huge plus depending on whether you prefer to keep your calves in perfect curve even as you drive or prefer the 5-speed manual transmission designed to satisfy those who hunger for shifting gears and not just pressing the gas and brakes!
In 2000, Daihatsu gave the Terios a mild facelift both in the exterior and interior of the vehicle. A new chrome grille replaced the black plastic grille. The high-grade model gained electric front windows, central locking, rear seat head restraints, alloy wheels, roof rails and a roof-mounted rear spoiler. In other words, you don’t have to spend a dime to pimp the ride – these later models come factory pimped for you; unless of course you want a pink dashboard for her!
Mechanically, the 1.3 litre SOHC four-cylinder engine fitted to the previous model had been replaced by the new 1.3 litre DOHC four-cylinder engine. Power was also increased by 3 kW (4 hp). This simply means that you have a faster and more powerful car for the same amount of fuel consumption; now that’s a deal!
With such modifications, a high ground clearance, fuel efficient engine, power and sleek look both on the outside and inside, the Terios/Cami is no doubt a perfect companion for today’s urbanite. So, if this is what you wished for yourself, just gather somewhere in the range of 17 million shillings, hit the next car bond and kiwedde!
written by Louis vuitton Sale, August 11, 2012