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First look: Another sub-RAV4 from Toyota

Mini-me-SUV: The X-Over takes the micro message further.

Micro-car subsidiary presents Toyota with another mini-SUV to slot beneath RAV

13 Sep 2006

DAIHATSU has revealed yet another micro-SUV ahead of its world debut at this month’s Paris motor show.

Dubbed the D-Compact X-Over and developed in co-operation with ItalDesign, the latest Daihatsu crossover prototype features a huge glass sunroof that stretches from the top of the windscreen to behind the rear seat.

To be presented alongside the European debut of a new Materia compact city car, powered by a 1.5-litre engine and to go on sale in Europe in early 2007, the X-Over follows the similarly-themed Urban Cruiser compact SUV concept revealed by Daihatsu at this year’s Geneva motor show.

The five-door D-Compact X-Over joins the Urban Cruiser concept and Daihatsu’s redesigned Terios, which was launched in Japan in January as the Rush, as yet another possibility to join Toyota’s Australian SUV line-up as a sub-RAV4 micro crossover.

Luxury brand Lexus will reveal the hybrid version of its new LS460 flagship sedan, the LS600h, but Toyota may also use Paris to reveal its next-generation Corolla due on sale here early next year and the production version of its 100kW Yaris T Sport concept.

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