Japan to launch updated Daihatsu Rocky, adds Android Auto and aero fins

Eric · Feb 28, 2021 09:00 AM

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Since its introduction in November 2019, the Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky have proven to be a sales success, with almost 158k units sold in 2020 alone.

For the SUVs’ 2021 model year, Japanese media have reported that Daihatsu will be rolling out some minor improvements for the models.

Also Read: Toyota Raize/Daihatsu Rocky, see its transformation from concept to production

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Android Auto running on the Toyota C-HR

The first update is the addition of Android Auto on the 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. At the moment, the system only supports Apple CarPlay and SmartDeviceLink (SDL).

Also Read: Why your next car should come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

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Clockwise from top left: Toyota Vios, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Camry

Apart from the updated infotainment system, the updated Raize and Rocky duo are also said to receive aero fins on the side mirrors. These little aero fins are said to improve high-speed stability of the car, as well as improving fuel economy.

These updates are said to roll out from 1-March onwards.

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To recap, the Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky are A/B-segment SUVs that are the basis for the upcoming 2021 Perodua D55L. Like the Japanese donor cars, the D55L is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that does 98 PS and 140 Nm. The sole transmission choice is the D-CVT automatic, sending drive to the front wheels (Japanese market Raize and Rocky can be optioned with an all-wheel-drive system).

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