Daihatsu has released preliminary details and images concerning their D-Base concept which will be on display at the end of this month in Tokyo.

Daihatsu has released preliminary details and images concerning their D-Base concept which will be on display at the end of this month in Tokyo.

The current generation Mira kei car has been on sale since 2006, so naturally Daihatsu is getting ready to replace it and this D-Base concept is likely a sneak preview of the production car due probably in 2016. It's obviously a city car with a very small footprint since it is just 3.4 meters long, 1.48 meters wide and 1.49 meters tall.

It looks just about ready to hit the assembly line, but will probably have more toned down lighting clusters along with conventional front door handles while the blue body accents will be removed. It will likely keep the high-mounted rear door handles and the digital instrument cluster, but expect those thin seats to be replaced on the production car.

Taking into account this is a kei car, it's no surprise that power comes from a tiny 3-cylinder 0.66-liter gasoline engine teamed up with a continuously variable transmission which allows the D-Base concept average a very impressive 3 liters / 100 km (78.4 mpg US or 94.1 mpg UK) thanks to a light body and the adoption of a regenerative braking system.

More details and pictures will be available once the Daihatsu will introduce the D-Base concept on October 29 at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

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