Daihatsu Mira eS is all new, but just for Japan image

The Mira nameplate has been around in Daihatsu’s portfolio for almost three decades, but chances are you haven’t heard of it since it’s not a global model.

Instead it belongs to the kei car segment in Japan, though this all-new generation makes us think it could serve the brand well in other markets if it ever wanted to become a global player again – not just a very low-cost brand in certain emerging markets. The Mira is a very popular model at home in Japan, which is why we felt this new generation deserves our attention. The new version comes after the predecessor lasted 6 years and has a new design as well as an additional name – Mira e:S. In Japan the model can be had from 842,200 yen for the front wheel drive with CVT version, while the G SA III trim is even packing AWD and goes for 1,339,200 yen. That’s $7,388 and $11,748 (at current exchange rates).

Daihatsu Mira eS is all new, but just for Japan 1

The Mira e:S is expected to be very economical – 2.84 l/100 km or 82.8 U.S. mpg – thanks to a very small 658 cc packing a mere 49 hp (36 kW) and 57 Nm (42 pound-feet). The engine is not the only one responsible for this achievement, because the Mira e:S gets an all-new platform DNGA – remember Toyota’s TNGA, well this is the same but with D for Daihatsu – making the car very light 650 kilograms (1,433 pounds), as well as tiny – 3,395 millimeters long.