Mitsuoka Buddy Is A Toyota RAV4 With Classic Chevy SUV Cues

2 November 2020 - motor1

Mitsuoka Buddy Is A Toyota RAV4 With Classic Chevy SUV Cues

What a weird mashup of styles. It kind of works, though.

Have you ever wanted the current Toyota RAV4 to look more like an early 1980s Chevrolet pickup or SUV? Unless you're working in Mitsuoka's design department, we expect the answer is a resounding: "No!" However, the quirky Japanese automaker makes this weird look a reality with the new vehicle that it calls Buddy.

Mitsuoka rips off the RAV4's front end and replaces it with a chrome egg-crate-style grille with a pair of stacked headlights on each side. For a modern touch, there are skinny LED running lights in the central crosspiece. The company also adds a shiny chrome bumper, a hood with sharper creases, and boxier fenders, which makes the area ahead of the windshield vaguely resemble the classic Chevys.

The Buddy also receives a modified rear end with styling that more generally evokes the styling of '80s Chevy SUVs without directly taking from them like at the front. There are now vertical taillights and sharper creases for the rear hatch with a two-tone finish for the area in the middle versus the rest of the body color. For a matching touch, there is a chrome bumper like the one for the nose.

The company didn't offer any photos of the interior suggesting, the layout is the same as the RAV4. The current crossover has a very nice cabin for its segment, though, so there's no reason to be disappointed.

Mitsuoka doesn't alter the RAV4's Japanese-market powertrains. There's a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder making 169 horsepower (126 kilowatts) and 153 pound-feet (207 Newton-meters) of torque. There's also a hybrid-assisted 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a total system output of 215 hp (160 kW) for the front-wheel-drive version or 219 hp (163 kW) with Toyota's E-Four all-wheel-drive system. At this time, it doesn't seem like the company plans to offer the Buddy with the RAV4's plug-in hybrid.

Technically, this is just a teaser for the Buddy, and Mitsuoka plans to give the vehicle a full unveiling on November 26. So far, the only burning questions are price and availability.

News By Tags

accidentaccidenteAgenţia Servicii PubliceAlfa RomeoAlfa Romeo GiuliaalpineamenziANREANTAASPauctionAudiAudi A3Audi A6Audi A8Audi E-TronAudi Q7Audi Q8audi r8Audi RS3Audi RS4Audi SkysphereAudi vs BMWAurusAutostradaAvtoVazBaltiBelarusbentleyBentley BentaygabikebikesBMWBMW 2 SeriesBMW 3 SeriesBMW 5 SeriesBMW 7 seriesBMW 8 SeriesBMW i3BMW i7BMW i8BMW iXBMW ix3BMW MBMW M2BMW m3BMW m4BMW M5BMW m8BMW vs MercedesBMW vs PorscheBMW X1bmw x2BMW x3BMW X4BMW X5BMW x6BMW X7BMW X8BotanicabrabusBrexitBriceniBucureștiBulgariabuying guideCahulcar buying guidecarburantiCarte VerdeCăușeniCEMTCheryChinaChiril GaburiciChishinauChişinăuChryslercirculaţie sistatăCitroenCNACodul ContraventionalComratcoronaviruscorupţiecrash testCriuleniCupracurse ilegalecustom carDaciaDacia DokkerDacia DusterDacia JoggerDacia LoganDacia SanderoDacia SpringDatsunDetroit Auto ShowdieselDodgedrag racedrumdrumuldrumuriDubai Motor ShowDurleştielectricEUEuropeevFCAferrariFiatFiat PandaFISCFlorestiFordFord F-150Ford FocusFord MondeoFord MustangFord TransitFrankfurt Motor ShowfunnyGeelyGeneva Motor ShowGermaniaGermanyGiurgiuleștiGreat WallHavalHînceştiHondaHonda AccordHonda CivicHonda CR-VHummerHummer H1HybridHyundaiHyundai Santa FeHyundai SonataHyundai TucsonIgor DodonIndiaInfinitiINPINSPIsraelItaliaItalyJaguarJeepJeep WranglerjobskiaKia Sorentokia soulKia SportageKia StingerLA Auto ShowLadaLada NivaLamborghiniLamborghini HuracanLamborghini UrusLand RoverLand Rover DefenderLand Rover DiscoveryLeușeniLexusM3ManhartMaseratiMașinimașini clasicemașini de luxmașini furateMaybachMazdaMazda CX-5MercedesMercedes AMGMercedes C-ClassMercedes G-classMercedes S-ClassMercedes SprinterMercedes-MaybachmicrobuzeminimităMitsubishiMitsubishi OutlanderMitsubishi PajeroMoldovamotorcycleNissanNissan LeafNivaoff-roadoffroadOpelOpel AstraOpel CorsaOpel InsigniaOpel MokkaOrheiPalancaparcareParis Motor ShowparkarePeresecinapermispermis de conducerepermise de conducerepermisul de conducerepermisului de conducerePeugeotPeugeot 208Peugeot 308peugeot 508pickupplăcuţe de înmatricularepolitiaPoliția de FrontierăPoloniaPorschePorsche 911Porsche CayennePorsche CaymanPorsche MacanPorsche PanameraPorsche TaycanpreturiPrimăria Chişinăuproiect de legePSARange RoverrecallRenaultRenault AustralRenault CapturRenault CLioRenault DusterRenault EspaceRenault KadjarRenault KangooRenault KigerRenault Koleosrenault loganRenault Meganerenault sanderoRenault TalismanRenault ZoeRimacRolls-RoyceRomâniaRusiaRussiasafetySângereiSculeniSeatSeat AtecaSeat LeonServiciul Fiscal de StatServiciul VamalSîngereiSkodaSkoda CitigoSkoda EnyaqSkoda Enyaq iVSkoda FabiaSkoda KamiqSkoda KaroqSkoda KodiaqSkoda OctaviaSkoda RapidSkoda Scalaskoda superbSmartSorocaSPIAspy shotsSsangYongSsangYong Rextonstare de ebrietateȘtefan VodăStellantisStrăşenisubaruSubaru BRZSubaru Solterrasubaru wrxsupercarsSUVSuzukiSuzuki JimnytaxătaxitechnologyTeslaTesla Model Stest driveTiraspolTokyo Motor ShowToyotaToyota AvalonToyota CamryToyota CorollaToyota Corolla CrossToyota HighlanderToyota Land CruiserToyota PriusToyota Rav4toyota supraToyota YarisToyota Yaris CrossToyota Yaris Cross AdventureTransnistriatransport publictuningUberUcrainaUKUngheniUnited StatesUSAused car buying guideVamavanVauxhallVolgaVolkswagenVolkswagen GolfVolkswagen PoloVolkswagen T7Volkswagen TiguanVolkswagen TransporterVolvoVWVW AtlasVW CaddyVW GolfVW TransporterаварииаварияАвстрияавторынокАгентство государственных услугБалканское шоссеБельцыбензинБуюканыВеликобританиявзяткаводительские праваГерманияграницадорогадорогиДТПЕвропаимпорт автоИталияКишиневКишинэуКомраткоронавирускоррупцияКППкроссоверЛадаЛеушенымаршруткиМолдовамотокроссобщественный транспортОргеевотзывпаркингпарковкапарковкипарламентперекрытияподдельные водительские праваподержанные автополицияПольшаПортугалияПриднестровьепродажа автопроисшествияпроишествияремонт дорогРоссияРумынияРыбницаСорокистатистикаСтрашеныСШАСынжерейтаксиТаможнятарифыТираспольтопливотранспорттроллейбустюнингугонугон автоУкраинаУнгеныХынчештыценыштрафштрафыэвакуация автоэлектроавтоЯссы