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Daihatsu Rocky
1992-1993 Daihatsu Feroza (F300GD) SE 01
Manufacturer Daihatsu
Also called Daihatsu Taft (Indonesia)
Daihatsu Sportrak (UK)
Daihatsu Lovibond Rocky (Japan)
Daihatsu Feroza (Latin America, Australasia and Europe)
Production 1987-1998
Assembly Japan
Indonesia (Astra Daihatsu Motor)
Successor Daihatsu Terios
Class Mini SUV
Body style(s) 2-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive

The Daihatsu Rocky is a mini SUV that was manufactured by Japanese automaker Daihatsu between 1987 and 1998.

It is known as the Daihatsu Lovibond Rocky in Japan, also known as the Daihatsu Sportrak in UK, the Daihatsu Feroza in other parts of Latin America, Australasia and Europe and the Daihatsu Taft in Indonesia.

To avoid confusion, owners often refer to the models by their factory model number F-300 or F-310. The F-310 variant, marketed as the MkII Sportrak or Feroza II featured a flared guards to accommodate a wider track than the F-300.

Fitted with a Daihatsu 1600 cc DOHC or SOHC I4 DVVT (Daihatsu Variable Valve Timing engine), linked via a manual gearbox, propshaft and differential to the front wheels and rear axle to provide either four wheel drive or two wheel drive depending on the driver requirement. 2WD, 4WD Low and 4WD High are selected using a selector next to the gear stick in the cabin.

First generation (1987-1992)Edit

First generation
Daihatsu Rocky
Production 1987-1992
Engine(s) 1.6L 94 hp (70 kW) I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 85.6 in (2174 mm)
Length 148.2 in (3764 mm)
Width 68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height 67.7 in (1720 mm)
Fuel capacity 15.9 US gallons (60.2 L/13.2 imp gal)

The first generation cars sold between 1987 and 1992, powered by a SOHC 1.6 L four-cylinder Power ranged between 75 and 105 PS (55 and 77 kW) in Japan. It was available with a 3-door body only, and was one of the first mini SUVs introduced by Japanese manufacturers during the 1980s. In Europe and Australia, the Rocky was known as the Daihatsu Feroza, as Rocky was used for the larger Rugger/Fourtrak. The export model had a detuned version of the more powerful engine, with 95 PS (70 kW). As the Rocky, this was one of two models, alongside the Charade, sold in the United States during Daihatsu's brief presence in that market.

Second generation (1992-1998)Edit

Second generation
Pwetherhill sportrak
Also called Bertone Freeclimber II
Production 1992-1998
Engine(s) 1.6L I4
1992-1993 Daihatsu Feroza (F300GD) SE 02

1992–1993 Daihatsu Feroza (F300GD) SE (Australia)

The second generation was introduced in 1993 but differed little from the original model, retaining the same chassis. A 16-valve 1.6 litre multi-point injected engine was available in Australia. The Australian Feroza II SXP variant with roces (regd) was available in 1993 although the carburettor model was dropped from the Japanese lineup, with only the 95/105 PS engine remaining in the lineup. Italian manufacturer Bertone built a variation powered by the BMW M40 engine, with 100 PS (74 kW) called the Bertone Freeclimber II. The Rocky/Feroza was replaced in 1998 by the Terios.

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