The Daihatsu D-Compact X-over is the Perodua Myvi Style that we wish we had

Hans · Jun 2, 2020 01:12 PM

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Perodua is expected to introduce a crossover version of the Myvi soon, ala Perodua Axia Style. Expect the forthcoming taller riding Perodua Myvi to feature faux SUV-style side claddings, sharing the same ‘Style’ moniker.

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The idea of a Perodua Myvi crossover is not new. Back in 2006, two years after the first generation Daihatsu Boon/Toyota Passo twins were introduced in Japan and one year after a lightly re-designed Boon/Passo became the Perodua Myvi, Daihatsu had introduced the D-Compact X-over concept.

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Unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the Daihatsu D-Compact X-over was designed by the famous Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign styling house.

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It’s powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, an engine that would eventually be introduced in our Perodua Myvi.

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Look closer and you will see a lot of elements of the first generation Perodua Myvi. Recall that our Perodua Myvi has a distinctly different styling from the Daihatsu Boon/Toyota Passo donor car. The D-Compact X-over’s rounder looking front-end and headlamps.

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Even the dashboard’s layout, with its large air vents and buttons flanking the head unit, have hints of the Perodua Myvi.

The main highlight of the D-Compact X-over is a glass roof that extends from the edge of the windshield to over the rear seats.

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Nothing came out of the D-Compact X-over concept. Daihatsu’s poor sales in Europe was probably a factor in Daihatsu shelving plans for the car. Daihatsu would pull out of Europe in 2013.

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Daihatsu Materia

Introducing the car in Japan would've been pointless because the tall box Daihatsu Materia (Toyota bB) is already offering more or less the same functionality as a mini-crossover, wrapped in a boxy design that's preferred by Japanese buyers. 

Today, Daihatsu’s only overseas market is Indonesia and Malaysia, the latter is via its joint venture with Perodua.

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