The premiere of the front-wheel drive micro-van Daihatsu YRV took place in 2000. The emergence of this new family of compact 5-seater 5-door station wagons has confirmed that Daihatsu is gradually phasing out the production of conventional passenger cars and is moving to the assembly of high-capacity cars, but at the same time, compact sizes. The YRV model was marketed as a sports station wagon and was created on the Daihatsu Sirion platform. Car production continued until April 2006; he was replaced by the Daihatsu Coo (similar to Toyota bB).
In 2000, 17 YRV modifications were produced for the Japanese domestic market, differing from each other in the volumes of installed engines and transmission types, and 16 in 2001. Five configurations of the car were intended for European buyers.
The exterior of the car has nothing to do with the rounded shapes of Sirion and has a pronounced wedge-shaped shape. In general, the car, despite its size, looks quite dynamic. The feeling of interior space is supported by a large sunroof on some versions of the model.
Dimensions of the model are 3765/1625/1535 mm with a base of 2370 mm and a track of 1380/1365 mm. The minimum boot volume is 165 liters, and with the rear seat retracted – 1075 liters. Curb weight 920 kg. Ground clearance – 130 mm. Interior dimensions are 1765/1335/1255 mm.
As standard, the car is equipped with two power units, power windows, a central lock and an electronic brake force distribution system. In more expensive versions there are: air conditioning, remote door unlocking system, alloy wheels and more expensive interior decoration.
The layout of the cabin allows you to feel the spaciousness in the upper part, but there is still some tightness in the legs. The rear seat folds in two, allowing you to increase the amount of luggage. In versions with automatic transmission, the gear lever is located on the steering column, which, in combination with a continuous front seat, allows a certain freedom of movement in the front of the cabin.
Engines are installed on the model: 0.989 L EJ-VE R3 12V (64 hp / 7000 rpm, 94 Nm / 3600 rpm) and a 4-cylinder 16-valve K3-VE with a volume of 1.297 l (87 hp / 6000 rpm) 126 Nm / 3200 rpm). Both power units are equipped with a DVVT DOHC (Dynamic Variable Valve Timing) gas distribution system, created in collaboration with Toyota engineers. There is also a turbocharged version for the 1.3-liter engine – K3-VET (129 hp). The fuel consumption of the AI-92 in a liter engine is 5.1 liters per 100 km on the highway and 7 liters in the urban cycle, and the maximum speed reaches 150 km / h. With a more powerful engine, the car accelerates to “hundreds” in 11.2 s and picks up a maximum speed of 160 km / h.
The engine is aggregated with a 5-speed manual gearbox or with 4AKPP. As for the Sirion model, an all-wheel drive version of the chassis with rear wheels is provided.
Suspension front and rear on coil springs. Power steering gear type. Minimum turning radius 4.3 m.
Front disc brakes, rear – drum. Standard tire size 165/65 R14.
The model is characterized by a high level of passive safety; two front and two side airbags are standard equipment. Active safety system includes ABS and brake assist brake.
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2001, the Daihatsu YRV Turbo was introduced with a 4-speed hydromechanical “automatic gear” type ESAT, the electronic control of which provides the perfect combination of high dynamic qualities and fuel efficiency. The power of the 1.3-liter engine with turbo-boosting was increased from 87 to 129 hp, which allowed the YRV to enter the category of the most powerful class B models in Europe. A high level of passive safety of the car is noted, the standard equipment of which includes two front and two side airbags.
The compact Daihatsu YRV one-room car combines the economy, dynamic qualities of an ordinary golf hatchback and the convenience of a minivan.