Mitsuoka has been producing quirky automotive creations for a good few decades. Its latest creation, which it calls the Buddy, is no exception. Using the Toyota RAV4 as a base, the crossover has been penned to resemble iconic American SUVs of the 1990s.
At the front, the Buddy has been kitted out with a large chrome grille which houses the rectangular headlamps and LED DRLs. This is complemented by a retro chrome bumper and redesigned bonnet. LED foglamps slot in just beneath the bumper design.
The profile appears more familiar as it retains the RAV4’s wheel arches, side skirts, doors and pillars. Steel wheels with a chrome cover are added to accentuate the retro theme and are mated to a set of BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tyres.
The rear continues the 1990s American feel with the retro tailgate design sporting a black panel with Mitsuoka badging. A chrome bumper and vertical taillamps further pays tribute to iconic segment. Brought over from the RAV4 here are the hatch spoiler and dual exhaust outlets.
Mitsuoka Buddy clients have a choice of five trims to choose from; three fuel driven and two hybrid electric powertrains. The colour pallete is rather extensive with 18 different shades available.