There is no secret, perodua will launch their new model soon expected to be in mid May. A model which has very unique named “Nautica 4wd” is believed to replace the current Perodua Kembara. The Perodua Nautica is an urban compact SUV with 1.5 L engine, automatic transmission & comes with 2 colors of Medallion Grey and Majestic Black. Estimated price is around RM90k.
This model is Toyota Rush/Daihatsu Terios and will be fully imported from Japan. Perodua could do the rebadge here or from its origin country Japan just like what Proton did for their Gen 2 for China market.
Until now, there is no real photo of this Nautica, but since many says that its just another replica of Terios/Rush you can actually imagine how does this Nautica look like.
Where is the Toyota Bego came into the picture. Actually, on the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), the Daihatsu Terios has been succeeded by the Daihatsu Be-go and Toyota Rush.
What interest me on this model is on the possibility of the turbocharged engine as what you can read @ wikipedia
Malaysian car manufacturer Perodua will be launching a badge engineered version of the short wheelbase Daihatsu Terios in Malaysia in May 2008, with 1.8 liter DVVT turbocharged engine, advanced full-time AWD and all major safety features. The estimated price is around RM90,000,00-95,000,00. The compact SUV will be fully imported from Tokyo, Japan
Whatever it is, the choice is still on your hand whether to go for made in Indonesia “Toyota Rush” or the Perodua Nautica JDM
And for me many years ahead, I will stick with my GT-Four caldina.