Spyshot: Daihatsu is evaluating a 1.0-litre turbo engine for Indonesia, Perodua next?

Eric · Oct 14, 2019 01:11 PM

Daihatsu Tanto rear spyshot

Indonesian automotive website AutonetMagz recently posted photos of what appears to be a Daihatsu Tanto on the streets of Indonesia. 

Daihatsu Copen

The Daihatsu Copen was a short-lived model due to its high price

According to them, photos of the Daihatsu Tanto started to surface a couple of month ago, and some speculated that Daihatsu Indonesia could introduce the kei car there. In the past, Daihatsu Indonesia used to sell the Daihatsu Copen, but sales were short-lived as the Copen was priced too high for the average Indonesian buyer.

However, Amelia Tjandra, the Marketing Director of Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) said that Daihatsu Indonesia has no plans of selling the Tanto in Indonesia. Instead, the Daihatsu Tanto seen here is fitted with a new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. 

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Daihatsu Ayla

Ths current Daihatsu Ayla gets a 1.0- or 1.2-litre engine.

At this stage, she added, Daihatsu Indonesia is in the midst of testing the engine, and they have not decided which model will receive the new turbocharged engine.

Closer to home, considering that Perodua has an existing relationship with Daihatsu, it is possible for Perodua to introduce the new turbocharged engine in their existing or upcoming model.

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