The Daihatsu Taft is now available in Japan starting at 1,353,000 yen. The Taft debuted as a concept at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. Available in a 3-cylinder naturally aspirated (NA) variant and a 3-cylinder turbocharged variant (Both 660 cc), all variants are equipped with a CVT transmission. Buyers can choose between a FWD and 4WD drivetrain
Measuring 3,395 mm long, the TAFT is shorter than the already small Perodua Axia we are used to in Malaysia. Overall dimensions are 3395 x 1475 x 1630 mm (length x width x height). The tyres are only 165 mm wide.
The dimensions of the TAFT are used to its maximum capacity thanks to the boxy design. The interior is spacious and provides a flat-bed with the seats folded down. Tackling less than urban terrains should also be possible with the TAFT’s 190 mm ground clearance, 27 degree approach angle, and 58 degree departure angle.
The naturally aspirated 3-cylinder produces maximum power of 52 PS and 60 Nm of torque, while the turbocharged version produces 64 PS of maximum power and 100 Nm of torque. Safety features in the Daihatsu TAFT include roadside departure warning, sway warning function, the and ability to recognize certain road signs (maximum speed, stop, and no entry).
With its compact size and maximised interior space, the Taft is a very practical car for city-dwellers who enjoy the outdoors.