Daihatsu Rocky

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Daihatsu Rocky
1990 Daihatsu Feroza 1.6 EL-II (F300).jpg
Pre-facelift Daihatsu Feroza (Europe)
Manufacturer Daihatsu
Also called Daihatsu Feroza
Daihatsu Sportrak
Production 1989–1998
Body and chassis
Class SUV
Body style 2-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine 1.6 L HD-E/HD-C I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 85.6 in (2,174 mm)
Length 148.2 in (3,764 mm)
Width 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
Height 67.7 in (1,720 mm)
Successor Daihatsu Terios

The Daihatsu Rocky is a mini SUV that was manufactured by Japanese automaker Daihatsu between 1989 and 1998.

It is known as the Daihatsu "Lovibond" Rocky in Japan, as the Daihatsu Feroza in continental Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia. It was known as the Daihatsu Sportrak in UK and as the "Rocky" in North America.

First facelift Daihatsu Feroza (Australia)
Second facelift Daihatsu Feroza (Australia and Mexico)

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. The F310 was released in 1992, before the later facelift. It had widened suspension, including differentials, and rear leaf springs. The body was kept the same, expect for the wider fender flares and the concealed rear wheel arches, covered by these flares. After this facelift, both the F300 and F310 variations were kept, with differing trim levels and interior design. This is most notable on the materials, colour and pattern of the seats. Both "Rocky" and "Feroza" were also used in various markets on the larger and heavier F75-series.

Fitted with a Daihatsu 1600 cc SOHC 16Valve inline-four petrol engine, carburated or EFI, linked via a manual gearbox or Aisin automatic transmission, 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. Full-time 4WD with lockable inter-axle differential version were available, but without a low gear in transfer case.

The Feroza was powered by a 1589 cc SOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine, Daihatsu model HD-E or HD-C. Power ranged between 75 and 105 PS (55 and 77 kW) in Japan. It was available with a three-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 the name "Rocky" was used for the larger Rugger/Fourtrak in most countries. 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.

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. The Rocky/Feroza was partially replaced in 1998 by the Terios.

The F300 Rocky/Feroza underwent some very minor facelifts during its production, mostly limited to different grilles with early cars having a chromed unit. The taillights were mounted in the bodywork, but some cars had blinds in these spaces and instead carried their taillights in an enlarged rear bumper. This was due to legislation introduced in some markets regarding the rear pivot door.

Bertone Freeclimber II[edit]

Bertone Freeclimber II Blue Lagoon

Italian manufacturer Bertone built a variation powered by the BMW M40 engine, with 100 PS (74 kW) called the Bertone Freeclimber II. There was also a version called "Blue Lagoon", after a perfume by Nicolas de Barry. The Freeclimber was popular in France and Italy in particular, as it was unaffected by the quotas imposed on Japanese imports.

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