YRV, which stands for Young Recreational Vehicle, is Daihatsu’s successor to the Pyzar wagon. Daihatsu YRV (M200) is a mini-MPV produced by the Japanese automaker from 2000 to 2005 based on the design of Aisaka Tadashi and Hirofumi Ishizaki. When Australia dropped the Pyzar in 2000, the YRV immediately filled in the vacated slot.
This 5-door hatchback has a front-engine, front-wheel/four-wheel-drive layout. Throughout its production, it featured three petrol engines, with availability depending on the country or market.
- 1.0-litre EJ-VE inline-3 (47 kW)
- 1.3-litre K3-VE inline-4 (66 kW)
- 1.3-litre K3-VET inline-4 turbocharged (103 kW)
It was released in the country with a single model and powertrain, the same one used to power the Australian-spec Sirion – the naturally-aspirated 1.3-litre K3-VE engine (64 kW, 120 Nm) teamed up with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. This engine is a robust Toyota unit, the same one used on the 2005-release Sirion SX, not the GTVi which pumped an output of 75 kW. Still, it comes with VVT and sixteen valves (four valves per cylinder.
This model is equipped with a front-wheel drivetrain, although other markets received the version with the 4Trak four-wheel-drive system.
The YRV featured air-conditioning, central locking, dual front airbags, central locking, cloth trim, engine immobiliser, power mirrors, power windows, power steering, radio CD with four speakers, and seatbelt pretensioners for the front seats. The simplicity of the YRV and functionality of these basic features would appeal to people who value function over style.
The rear seats can be folded to increase the cargo space. This cargo area plus the rear access door turns this 5-door, 5-seat wagon into a mini panel van for transporting luggage, boxes, and other hefty loads.
This mini-MPV has a boxy body with a higher-than-average roofline. With this structure, it incredibly provides a spacious interior regardless of its diminutive exterior. This quality is its edge over other microcars, like the Toyota Echo and Suzuki Ignis.
Daihatsu stopped producing the YRV in 2005, replacing it with the Daihatsu Materia, a badge-engineered second-generation Toyota bB.
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