Daihatsu Rocky

Daihatsu Rocky
Daihatsu Rocky
1992–1993 Daihatsu Feroza (F300GD) SE (Australia)
Manufacturer Daihatsu
Production 1987-1998
Successor Daihatsu Terios
Class Mini SUV
Body style 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 and the Daihatsu Feroza in other parts of Latin America, Australasia and Europe.

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)

First generation
Daihatsu Rocky soft top (US)
Production 1987-1992
Engine 1.6L 94 hp (70 kW) 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)

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)

Second generation
1995 Rocky/Feroza/Sportrak 1600 cc DOHC Hartop
Production 1992-1998
Engine 1.6L I4
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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