Small improvements were made on the Terios in 2000. The more expensive models were fitted with electric windows at the front and a central locking system on all doors. Alloy wheels, roof rails, roof mounted spoilers and rear seat head restraints are also added. More powerful DOHC engines replaced the older SOHC power plants. Finally, the old black plastic grille was replaced with a better looking and more durable chrome. A turbo charged sport version of the K3-VET engine was also introduced in Japan.
Australia also witnessed the release of a 200 unit limited edition in 2001. The mini SUV replaced the old two tone bumper with ones that matched the body color of the vehicle. Rear spoiler and sunroof were introduced along with a metallic finished interior.
The First generation Terios utilized the HC-EJ SOHC 1295cc engine on its initial 4WD model J100G which went into production from 1997 to 1999. The engine has the power of 89PS.
The J102G variant that was produced from 2000 to 2004 is also a four wheel drive vehicle. This SUV offered two engine options; the K3-VE DOHC and the K3-VET DOHC. Both engines have 1297cc engine displacement with the K3-VE producing 92 PS of power and the K3-VET turbocharged engine producing 140 PS of power. Lastly, the J122G 2WD also offered the choice of both the K3-VE and K3-VET engines.
The Terios Kid, a kei car still available in the Japanese market, made use of either the EF-DEM light pressure turbo or the EF-DET inter-cooler turbo engines.
Internationally the first generation Terios is also known as the Toyota Cami. China produced two variants of the vehicle; Zoyte Nomada is driven by a 1.6 liter Mitsubishi engine is illegal copy which created some storm and the FAW Huali Terios. The car is produced in Malaysia as the Perodua Kembara.
The second generation Terios produced starting 2006 are also known by different names internationally. It is identified as Daihatsu Terios Eco and Daihatsu Yeni Terrios in Turkey, Terios in Israel Daihatsu Terios Wild in Chile, and Toyota Rush and Daihatsu Bengo in Japan and China.
Toyota Rush is a second generation vehicle known as Daihatsu D Concept 4×4 when it made its debut at the Tokyo Motor show. It went into production the following year and was renamed Daihatsu Terios.
Except for the Japanese Domestic Market where the SUV is called the Toyota Rush and Daihatsu Be’go, the model is still marketed internationally under the Terios name.
The Toyota Rush and the Daihatsu Be’go both use 1.3 and 1.5 liter engines, but only the 1.5 liter variant is available in both the 2WD and 4WD options
Toyota and Daihatsu in Indonesia and Malaysia introduced the second generation Rush and Terios with longer wheelbases in 2006 for the former and in 2008 for the later. The Malaysian Rush has two trim levels the 1.5G and 1.5S. The 1.5G variant has multi reflector Headlamps Body colored side mirrors, bulb type 3rd brake lamp and comes without a spoiler. The 1.5S model on the other hand has projector headlamps, chrome mirrors, LED type 3rd brake lamp and spoiler.
This family of mini SUVs has a long history and lineage of proven performance and reliability. The Toyota Cami is a pioneering member of that exceptional family that has proven its worth. Ride into one. An exciting adventure awaits.