2022 Mitsuoka Buddy
2022 Mitsuoka Buddy

2022 Mitsuoka Buddy

Japanese coachbuilder Mitsuoka has released its first SUV, the Buddy, which is based on the Toyota RAV4, but rebodied with some American influence. Mitsuoka is noted for building unique cars with unconventional styling, some of which are modern while others imitate the look of American, European and particularly British retro cars of the 1950s and 1960s. Mitsuoka Motors is also the principal distributor of retro-classic TD2000 roadster in Japan. It is primarily a custom design coachbuilder, taking production cars, like the Nissan March, and replacing various aspects of the bodywork with its own customizations. It has also produced a sports car, the Orochi.

2022 Mitsuoka Buddy
2022 Mitsuoka Buddy

For the Mitsuoka Buddy, it looks like Mitsuoka referenced the Chevrolet K5 Blazer from the 80s, and the end result looks rather fetching. To create the Buddy, the company took a bog-standard RAV4 and kept all the Japanese-market mechanical bits intact. As such, customers can choose from a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with 171 PS (169 hp) and 207 Nm of torque, or a 2.5 litre hybrid with 178 PS (176 hp) and 221 Nm. The RAV4’s stock face is ripped out and replaced with a K5 Blazer-inspired front end. This includes a large grid-style grille, which is flanked by stacked rectangular headlamps. There’s also a redesigned bonnet to give the Buddy a shark-nose look.

2022 Mitsuoka Buddy
2022 Mitsuoka Buddy

Driven by the stories of the people, regardless of one’s generation or gender. Through moments of tears and laughter, through the memories of the present, through the surprises of the future, born a story created through the journey of a companion. ‘Buddy’ Inspired by the companions behind the unforgettable stories that build up every moments. An iconic reverse slanted nose font mask. The option added side mold and tires & wheels that bring a compact feel to the design. The modern interior that suits both an active lifestyle and the casual city drive. Mitsuoka car is being produced by a perfect built-to-order system.

2022 Mitsuoka Buddy
2022 Mitsuoka Buddy

Source: Mitsuoka, Reviews

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