This car is claimed to be able to pass through various road conditions in Indonesia.
Dream – The Daihatsu Rocky 1.2L variant, which was introduced in June 2021 and specifically developed in the Indonesian market, has begun to be shown to the media crew. The world’s first variant was tortured in various terrains to see its toughness.
Rocky 1.2L is known to be developed by the nation’s children through the Research & Development team of PT Astra Daihatsu Motor with the Japanese Daihatsu Motor Company team. This car has gone through a series of road tests with a variety of 24 road conditions in Indonesia.
“Friends can feel the sensation of driving the Daihatsu Rocky accompanied by a variety of the latest advanced superior features that can make the trip safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable,” said R&D Testing Department Head PT Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM), Audi Tarantini, in Karawang, West Java, quoted from a written statement, Wednesday 6 October 2021.
In terms of specifications, Rocky 1.2L uses a new 1.2L WA-VE 3-cylinder engine, has powerful performance and can pass uphill roads and still be fuel efficient. This SUV is also equipped with Daihatsu’s latest transmission technology, namely dual mode CVT (continuously variable transmission / CVT).
With compact dimensions measuring 4,030 x 1,710 x 1,635, making the Rocky 1.2L suitable for driving in various road conditions and urban areas with narrow roads. With a ground clearance of 200 mm, a turning radius of 4.9 meters, and an EPS (Electric Power Steering) type steering system.
Citing reports from Merdeka.com journalists who participated in the test, the Rocky 1.2, which was tested on a straight track along 800 meters, could reach a maximum speed of about 130 km per hour with good stability.
The EPS (Electric Power Steering) type steering wheel does seem light at both low and high speeds. When driven, the cabin tightness is also quite good. The sound of the new 3-cylinder engine is quiet and has a lot of vibration, which removes the stigma of the older 3-cylinder engine.
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Powerful Engine and Optimal HSA Features
The compact SUV is equipped with safety features such as hill start assist (HSA) which can prevent the car from turning back when stopped on an uphill road. There is also a vehicle stability control (VSC) feature to prevent over-steer and under-steer features when turning.
This feature was also tried by Merdeka journalists, although it was demonstrated by a team from ADM. The team tested an incline with a slope of 14 degrees from two incline models at the test location.
When climbing it slowly and then stopping in the middle, the hill start assist (HSA) feature was tested. As a result, the feature works well because the car stops perfectly without turning back for a few seconds. Simply keeping the engine rpm at 2,500, Rocky 1.2L managed to devour this climb.
This car is also equipped with SRS Airbags for the driver and passengers as well as a rear parking camera that can help the driver’s visibility to be safer when maneuvering backwards.
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Embedded Contemporary Features
In addition, the Rocky 1.2L has also embedded ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) features to maximize braking. The goal is that the vehicle can still be controlled when braking too deep during a panic or emergency.
ABS and EBD features provide an even distribution of braking pressure on all wheels according to driving conditions.
The Daihatsu Rocky 1.2L is also equipped with the latest features, such as LED headlamp & rear combi lamp, start stop button, 7” TFT Metercluster with 4 display modes, 7-inch audio touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, and 16-inch diameter wheels that make the Daihatsu Rocky look great. tough.
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Daihatsu Rocky Makes Hybrid Version, Here’s the Leak
Dream – It has been widely heard that Daihatsu will launch a hybrid version of the Rocky before 2021 ends. Now, it has been confirmed that the Rocky e-Smart Hybrid will be released in Japan in November 2021.
Quoted from Paultan, Friday, October 1, 2021, the presence of a new variant of this compact SUV leaked on the domestic page. After being leaked, the information was immediately withdrawn.
Although appearing only briefly, his presence also attracted the attention of many people. It is mentioned that this hybrid version of the Rocky has a honeycomb design grille and has an additional badge.
Not only that, this car will be supported by a three-cylinder WA-VE engine with a capacity of 1.2 liters. Unfortunately, not explained in more detail about the engine of this vehicle. It is only mentioned that the Rocky e-Smart Hybrid engine puts out 86 PS of power and 105 Nm of torque.
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The literature also mentions that the e-Smart Hybrid uses a 100 percent motor and shows strength when the gas pedal is pressed. The SUV will also get a single-pedal driving mode with the S-PDL smart system.
When the feature is active, the gas pedal can be used to step on the gas, lower the vehicle speed, or stop. Smart pedal can also be selected in driving mode and Eco mode. However, it can also be turned off.
Interestingly, this car is also quieter. Daihatsu embeds silencers in six areas, such as the hood, vehicle floor, and firewall.