Daihatsu Kopen Concept: 2nd generation Copen looks ready to go

At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show Daihatsu will display the Kopen Future Included concept car, which looks like an almost-production ready follow up to the iconic Copen convertible kei car.

Many are hoping that the Kopen concept car will eventually make it into production as the successor to the original Copen (notice the change in spelling) that was on sale from 2002 to 2012.

Daihatsu isn’t spilling all the beans about the Kopen just yet. The Kopen concept, like the original Copen, fits within the current kei car specifications, meaning that it will measure a maximum of 3.4m long and 1.48m wide.

It will be powered by the largest permissible engine size: a 660cc motor. According to various reports, the Kopen concept sports a 660cc turbocharged 3-cylinder motor hooked up to a continuously variable transmission. It will send its available power (a maximum of 47kW) to the front wheels.

A folding metal roof is also park of the Kopen package, while the concept car’s interior is (possibly tellingly) practically producible as is minus a few show car fripperies. The Kopen concept’s interior features leather covering for the dash; carbon fibre inlays; LCD instrument pack; touchscreen entertainment, air-con and navigation controls; and brushed metal for the door handle pulls, steering wheel spokes and gear knob.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]