Perodua D55L to launch in Indonesia as Daihatsu Rocky in May 2021

CY Foong · Jan 08, 2021 06:00 PM

As we have mentioned before, the Perodua D55L will be sold in Indonesia as the Daihatsu Rocky and it might be one of the most anticipated model there too. According to Otodriver, the Daihatsu SUV will be launched in the island archipelago in May. That’s two months after the scheduled Malaysian debut.

However, that is not the only significant month revealed by the Indonesian automotive site. Sources revealed that the Rocky could be exported to other markets in August. Does this mean that the Indonesian-spec Rocky will be built in Indonesia and exported overseas as a Toyota?

Malaysian king, Indonesian pauper

In Daihatsu’s Indonesian line-up, only the Sirion, which is a rebadged Perodua Myvi is imported from Malaysia. The rest are assembled in Indonesia. On top of that, the Sirion sold poorly in Indonesia due to strong competition against similarly priced rivals in both the MPV and hatchback markets.

Powertrains haven’t been revealed yet but we can expect the Indo-spec Rocky to share the same powertrain as the D55L and the Japanese donor cars, the Toyota Raize and similarly named Daihatsu Rocky.

This would be the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged 1KR-VET with an output of up to 98 PS and 140 Nm. It is a turbocharged version that is used on the Perodua Axia as well as the Indonesian Daihatsu Ayla/Toyota Agya. This engine will be mated to a CVT automatic transmission.

The Indo-spec Rocky will also receive Daihatsu Connect, a telematics service that connects owners to their Daihatsu vehicle so they can track and also check their vehicle’s status.