The smallish Japanese manufacturer that has almost completely abandoned the European and North American markets is well and active in Asia, where it has presented the FX Concept small SUV during the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015.

The carmaker even had the time to present not one, but two concept vehicles for the show, the other one being called the FT Concept. But we’re more interested in the FX Concept, which could serve as the preview for a small sport utility vehicle in the subcompact class, a segment that see rapid growth everywhere in the world. While we’re pretty sure the production model to follow would be designed solely with Asian markets in mind, the concept is appealing enough to see Daihatsu – a small car specialist – have a degree of success if it decided to return to Europe for example. The company calls its new prototype a car that previews a small SUV “tough enough to stand up to the rigors of off-road running,” and has a bold styling with a dynamic front fascia. The aggressive bumper and integrated LED daytime running lights and swept back projector headlights highlight the upper part of the grille, while the hexagonal lower grille must take the actual cooling duties. There are some concept features – the suicide doors, but the concept looks ready to take its place in the automaker’s Asian lineup as a B-segment SUV.

The prototype is 3.8 meters long, 1.69 meters wide an 1.58 meters tall, with the wheelbase coming in at 2.455 mm – which sets the model in the middle of the distance between the A-segment crossovers (Renault’s Kwid, for example) and the B-segment SUV (Honda HR-V).

Via Daihatsu, via Paultan


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