Daihatsu will bring six concepts to the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, at least two of them being a reinterpretation of the Copen mini-cabrio.
Part of the same tiny-city-car niche as Suzuki Alto, the second generation of Daihatsu Copen mini-cabrio went on sale last year in its homeland. Now, the oldest Japanese automaker is testing the market by showcasing two new concept versions of its “roadster”, Cerro Coupe and Robe Shooting Brake, at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon. The Copen is currently available in its home market in three distinct variants called “Robe”, “XPLAY” and “Cero”. First to arrive was the Robe one, which forms the basis for the Shooting Brake concept, a very interesting study design that brings upfront a more practical idea through the hatch-style back. As appealing as the shooting brake is also the Cerro Coupe concept that adds a fixed roof to the standard Copen, similar to Mini’s approach of its Cabrio. It is yet unknown if Daihatsu plans to create production models based on these ideas, but the concepts are defiantly eye-catching.
The automaker will also be revealing a third Copen-based study named the “Adventure”, which was only teased via a sketching. It will probably emerge as an “XPLAY” version for the outdoor fans, with a taller stance and tougher looks. The standard Copen stands at 3,395 mm in length, 1,475 mm in width and 1,280 mm in height and features a 660 cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine, producing 64 PS and 92 Nm – numbers that are limited by the country’s kei-car regulations.