Mitsuoka Motor Combines New Toyota RAV4 With Old Chevrolet

The result is a new SUV for the domestic market.

Mitsuoka Motor has introduced its first SUV called the Buddy. The model is based on the new Toyota RAV4 designed in the style of the 1990s Chevrolet Blazer.

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Mitsuoka specializes in producing models in the style of the 1950s British cars. To date, the Japanese brand's line-up includes several sedans, a roadster, a hatchback and a compact three-wheeled electric vehicle. This time, Mitsuoka Motor decided to move one and to release its first SUV in the history. The new car does not look like the brand’s other models at all.

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The Buddy reminds a 1990's Chevrolet Blazer at the front and a Cadillac SRX at the back. Mitsuoka does not hide the fact that it planned to make an American-style SUV, so the new model is equipped with a similar chrome plated radiator grille and headlights. Besides, its vertical taillights and chrome plated bumper draw an even greater parallel between the two cars.

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At the same time, the side silhouette of the Buddy refers to the latest generation of the Toyota RAV4. Probably, the popular Japanese model is used as a base for the new SUV. This is evidenced by an engine range, which consists of a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol unit with a power output of 168-171 hp, as well as 175-hp and 178-hp hybrid powertrains based on a 2.5-liter engine.

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The Mitsuoka Buddy will be available in 11 solid body colors, as well as in 6 two-tone liveries.

Additional details about the new model, as well as its price, will be known closer to the start of sales, which is scheduled for November 26.

In mid-April, Mitsuoka Motor introduced a special series of the Viewt, namely the Cafe Latte. The Viewt Cafe Latte with an eye-catching design is based on the modern Nissan March and is available in sedan and hatchback bodies.

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