Following the Kopen concept's reveal at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Daihatsu has taken the wraps off the production-ready 2015 Copen.
Kei cars are back in style as Daihatsu has brought back its cute Copen which features a customizable body as the owner can replace just about all panels, with the exception of the roof and doors. Even some of the interior components are customizable so the level of personalization options offered by the Copen surpasses even the MINI.
The petite car is 3395mm long, 1475mm wide and 1280mm tall and uses a "D-frame" lightweight monocoque promising to make it three times stiffer than its predecessor and also improve torsional rigidity. These changes should have a positive effect on the ride comfort and handling while the two-piece electric roof has added only 154 lbs (40 kg) to the vehicle's weight.
Under the hood will be a three-cylinder, naturally-aspirated 12-valve gasoline engine with 64 PS (47 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 92 Nm (68 lb-ft) at 3,200 rpm delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed CVT.
The simplistic interior houses a wide variety of equipment such as push button start, leather steering wheel and gear knob, heated seats, keyless entry, air conditioning, heated windscreen along with a carbon fiber trim and an optional infotainment system placed on top of the central dashboard.
On sale in 2015, the Daihatsu Copen will cost 1,798,200 yen (about 17,600 USD / 13,000 EUR / 10,300 GBP) for the CVT-equipped model and 1,819,800 yen (17,800 USD / 13,100 EUR / 10,400 GBP) for the five-speed version.