The Daihatsu UFC sounds like the roughest, toughest people-mover on the planet.

The quirky bright orange concept was revealed overnight at the Indonesia international motor show in Jakarta sporting a name more commonly associated with mixed martial arts promotion company, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In reality, the Daihatsu’s full name is far less intimidating, with the acronym expanding to Ultra Functional Compact.

The six-seater was developed by the Japanese company’s Indonesian division, Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM), with the specific needs of the domestic market in mind.

The Daihatsu UFC features a flexible seating-position system and a long wheelbase with short front and rear overhangs designed to maximise interior space and practicality.

The rear sliding doors and the absence of B-pillars aid ease of ingress and egress for passengers while improving visibility for the driver.

ADM has revealed no details of the UFC’s powertrain.

Joining the Daihatsu UFC at the show were two micro-sized two-seat convertible concepts, the Daihatsu D-R and the Daihatsu D-X.

The yellow D-R features typical aggressive sports car styling, while the orange D-X sports a tougher stance with exaggerated grey plastic panels inspired by an SUV.

The two concepts sit on the same platform and share the same 660cc direct-injection turbocharged two-cylinder petrol engine.

Daihatsu has no plans to take any of the concepts into production.




  • Chevrons

    I would hope that frame is well reinforced. A missing B Pillar and an Indonesian-developed car, could be a problem in a crash.

    • F1MotoGP

      Well, the article does say that Daihatsu has no plans to take any of the concepts into production.

    • JooberJCW

      Provided driven sensibly, the traffic crawl that is Jakarta in Indonesia, safety would be a low priority in general circumstances

      • Yetiman

        Yes, driving more than 40 km in the city is a rarity.

    • Zaccy16

      Yeah a very big problem!

  • Exar Kun

    The mighty Copen is back!

  • Karl Sass

    Far cry from the Daihatsu I remember.

  • Zaccy16

    It looks like a fiesta/focus has swollen up at the front in my opinion