Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza

CY Foong · Jun 1, 2021 11:30 AM

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 01

Rendering by Spyder7

Back when Daihatsu offered passenger cars in Malaysia, one model that stood out was the Daihatsu Feroza. It was also sold as the Rocky in Japan. Does that mean the Perodua Ativa is considered a distant relative to the Feroza?

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 02

The original Rugger

Let’s hold on to that nostalgia for a moment because Daihatsu is planning to launch a rival to the Suzuki Jimny in Japan in early 2022 called the Daihatsu Rugger. The Rugger was sold in Malaysia as the Rocky. Based on this latest rendering by Japanese media, we think it looks very retro. Perhaps even better looking than the last render.

Also read: Scoop: Daihatsu plans to launch Suzuki Jimny rival by end of 2021, to be called Rugger?

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 03

Taft (above) and Rocky

The Rugger will be the third Daihatsu nameplate to be revived following the Taft and the Rocky. Just like the aforementioned models, the revived Rugger will be different from the original.

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Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 01

For one, the reborn Rugger will be a Kei car, much like the Jimny. In Japan, the Jimny is offered with two engines, a turbocharged 660-cc 3-cylinder, and a larger 1.5-litre inline-4 for the wide-body Sierra variant. The latter is the only engine offered overseas.

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 02

According to the same media, the Rugger could be powered by the same naturally-aspirated 660-cc 3-cylinder found in the Taft. It could also be running on the same DNGA platform as the off-road-looking Kei car.

Also read: The D55L's lil brother, the Daihatsu Taft flexes its taft-ness with some off-roading gear

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 03

So many things to gush over!

But enough about performance figures, I want to talk about the design and if this rendering turns out to be real, I might have found a new lil’ off-roader to love.

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 04

Up front, the Daihatsu script is spelled out instead of using the corporate stylised D logo. This is a retro call back to the Feroza/Rocky off-roaders which some Malaysians would remember fondly.

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 05

Next up is the colourway and instead of using a traditional two-tone paint job, the render went for something classy and practically unheard of today. The three-tone combo is reminiscent of the Feroza and its removable rear hardtop.

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 06

However, if you look closely, you would see a recessed area in the rear. Could the Rugger be a proper 5-door? It’s a smart render but of course, we’ll have to wait until Daihatsu releases official images.

Scoop: 2022 Daihatsu Rugger rendered – Jimny rival giving throwback vibes of the Feroza 07

Unfortunately, it’s quite unlikely for this to be transformed into a Perodua as an engine of that size isn’t going to cut it here. But what do you think of the Rugger?

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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