Japanese coachbuilder Mitsuoka has given the Toyota RAV4 the retro American SUV treatment to create the Buddy.
While Suzuki's revisions to the RAV4 amount to a new grille and some bespoke badging, Mitsuoka's treatment is much more dramatic. The Buddy's heavily reshaped front end, for example, includes a prominent chrome grille and stacked headlights reminiscent of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, complemented by a thick chrome bumper and overriders.
The Buddy is more recognisable as a RAV4 from the side but receives an array of additional body creases and chunky All-Terrain T/A tyres wrapped around 1980s-style steel wheels with chrome hubcaps.
A set of more conventional five-spoke alloy wheels with low-profile tyres is also available.
The rear-end makeover is much more extreme. The RAV4's tail-light clusters make way for upright items seemingly inspired by cars like the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Cadillac Brougham, while the tailgate is decorated with a wide contrasting trim panel and chrome model lettering.
There are no naturally aspirated, large-capacity V8s in the engine line-up, however. The Buddy can be specified with either a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine or a 2.5-litre four-wheel-drive petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, both of which are carried over wholesale from the RAV4.
Mitsuoka has yet to release any images of the interior, but it's likely to gain some old-school flourishes, perhaps including teak panelling and piped leather.
There's no word yet on whether the Buddy will be made available for global sale, but order books will open in Japan on 26 November. Paint colour options include 80s Mint, North Carolina Blue, Grange Denim Blue and 95 Yellow, and some are available with a contrasting roof option.