Crossovers are definitely in trend today simply because they offer more versatility to their owners, and car manufacturers gladly capitalize on this trend.
The sub-compact car segment in Japan offers a lot of cool crossover-ish models and one of them is a modern version of the legendary mini 4×4 Daihatsu Rocky (also sold under Toyota Raize name in Japan). It barely has anything to do with its boxy body-on-frame ancestor, yet it still has an all-wheel-drive to have fun with!
This little crossover is powered by a series of small-displacement 1.0 – 1.2L fuel-efficient engines mated to either a 5-speed manual or D-CVT transmission. It isn’t bigger than a conventional Golf-class hatchback but the classic SUV proportions and trendy looks make stand out from the crowd.
Compact size and great fuel efficiency make it perfect for the daily commute, especially in Japanese realities, while the AWD option allows leaving paved roads and engaging in some off-road activities.
To underline the off-road attitude of this little JDM crossover, it’s often outfitted with a 30mm lift produced by the local brands and a set of legit off-road wheels with A/T or M/T tires to top off the off-road looks.
Specs: DAIHATSU ROCKY
Rims: XTREME-J XJ04 16×6.5j 4H100 +38 SATIN BLACK
Tires : BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 215/70R16
Suspension: @klc_japan 30mm lift springs
Specs: Toyota Raize
Rims: OZ SPARCO TERRA LIMITED 16×7.0 5/100
Tires: TOYO Open Country R/T 215/65R16
Specs: Toyota Raize
Rims: NITROPOWER M28 BULLET
Tires: YOKOHAMA Geolander A/T G015 LT215/65R16
Matt is a professional mechanic, experienced off-roader, writer and founder of Offroadium. With over 15 years immersed in the off-road community and 100,000+ miles logged on rugged trails across the Americas, Grabli shares extensive real-world knowledge. He previously worked as an automotive technician before shifting focus to specialty off-road projects. His passion is prepping capable rigs for off-roading and helping others to build the 4x4s of their dreams.