Daihatsu Plans to Bring Copen Back by Enlarging It!
Daihatsu unveiled a new Copen concept at the Japan Mobility Fair last week. This concept is very different from the small and cute kei vehicle we knew before. This vehicle, which has rear-wheel drive and a larger engine, shows that Daihatsu is assertive in the sports vehicle segment.
Why is the Copen Concept Different?
When the Copen was introduced with its first generation in 2002, it was a vehicle in the kei vehicle class, with front-wheel drive and a 658 cc engine. This vehicle attracted attention with its small dimensions, foldable roof and low price.
However, Daihatsu has moved away from its kei vehicle roots with the new Copen concept. This concept is a vehicle with rear-wheel drive and a 1.3-liter engine. This engine is much more powerful than the 63 horsepower 0.6 liter turbo engine used in the kei vehicle. Additionally, this vehicle is approximately 18 inches longer and 9 inches wider than the current Copen model. This increases the vehicle's interior volume and luggage space.
What is the Copen Concept? ZamWhen will it go into production?
Daihatsu has not yet made a statement about the production plans of the Copen concept. However, it is thought that this vehicle can also appeal to markets outside Japan. Because this vehicle can also be sold in countries where kei vehicles are limited.
Since Daihatsu is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, it has the support of Toyota to market this vehicle globally. In this way, Daihatsu can compete with sports vehicles such as Mazda MX-5 Miata.
What does Daihatsu think of the Copen concept? zamWe look forward to seeing it become a reality. However, the current Copen model has been on the market since 2014 and is no longer zamWe must not forget that the moment is up. Perhaps Daihatsu will introduce the new Copen to us soon.