You may recall last week when we discussed the news that Daihatsu has plans to debut a new Copen concept at the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Well, this week we have official confirmation as to what that concept will be… In a somewhat unimaginative throwback to the original roadster, what you see below has been dubbed the Daihatsu Kopen Concept. With a K.
But, that’s not all. In addition to the blue version pictured above, Daihatsu also released images for green and orange versions, pictured below:
As you can see, there are slight differences between the three different-colored concepts in addition to their respective hue.
For example, the green Kopen includes thick black styling around the wheelbase, and features a more angular grill and front clip design. Also notice that the green and orange versions have red-orange interior styling, while the blue version gets more conventional beige-colored seating.
All of this suggests that Daihatsu will showcase multiple Kopen concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show next month. It’s possible that each different color will represent a different set of features. For example, it might be that the sporty green Kopen will be the premium performance-oriented model, while the blue might feature a hybrid powertrain, and the orange might be the entry-level gas-only version.
Again, these are not intended to be accurate speculations; consider them as mere ideas to help you come to your own conclusions for what each color might mean.
If you want to learn more about the Copen-inspired Kopen Concepts, we have a more detailed post here. Unfortunately, there’s little more that we can tell you until either (A) Daihatsu releases more information ahead of Tokyo, or (B) Tokyo arrives and we see the cars “in the metal”.
In the meantime, we actually have further confirmation of two more Daihatsu concepts coming to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
The FC凸DECK & Deca-Deca Concepts
This is probably one of the most uniquely designed concepts we’ve seen all year… Who would’ve guessed it’d come from Daihatsu? It looks more like something you would expect to see from …. Lego!
Unfortunately, all that Daihatsu told us is that this is a fuel-cell powered mini truck based on the FC Sho Concept from the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. However, we do know that the concept will also showcase its own freestanding power supply.
Looking at the design of the FC凸DECK Concept, it seems reasonable to assume that the power supplies are capable of slotting into the rear of the truck.
To go with the FC-Japanese-symbol-DECK (that’s actually the Japanese kanji for “convex”, not something from Tetris), Daihatsu will also showcase the Deca-Deca minivan (below) derived from the aforementioned mini truck. That means it’ll also probably be fuel-cell powered.
See the thin grill between the headlights on this concept? Not that it matters, but it’d actually be really interesting to see that pattern adopted by a sports car. Just one writer’s opinion.
All in all, it’s looking like the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show will be a great showing for every Japanese car maker – even Daihatsu! It’s pretty unlikely that we’ll hear anything more about any of these concepts before Tokyo, but definitely stay tuned for further updates after November 22nd when they’ve all three made their official debut. Until then, thanks for reading!leave a response, trackback from your own site