The Mitsuoka Buddy SUV, which is a Toyota RAV4 with a design in the style of the old Chevrolet Blazer, debuted just a week ago, and the queue for it has already stretched for several years ahead. The automaker notes that if you place an order for a car now, you will not be able to get it until 2023.
At the start of sales, it was reported that the circulation of Buddy will be 50 copies, which will be released during 2021. Another 150 vehicles are planned to be assembled and shipped to customers in 2022. However, all of them have already been booked and the company is now taking orders for cars that will only be delivered in 2023. Prices for the model range from 4,697,000 to 5,899,300 yen ($45,000 to 56,500 dollars at the current exchange rate), depending on the level of equipment and modification.
There are three options to choose from: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with 171 horsepower (207 Nm) paired with a Direct Shift-CVT variator and two hybrid units: 218-horsepower based on the 2.5 engine and 222-horsepower with an electric motor in the rear wheel drive.
The Buddy features an unusual design: it was based on the Toyota RAV4, while it was designed in such a way that it resembles the old Blazer at the front, and the Cadillac SRX at the rear. The SUV is available in six two-tone color options and in 11 solid colors, with wheels measuring 17, 18 or 19 inches.
The interior has a minimum of changes compared to the donor RAV4. The model can be ordered with an 8-or 9-inch multimedia system screen, a panoramic roof with a sliding section, cruise control, and among the electronic assistants, automatic braking and lane keeping systems are announced.