Japan’s oldest carmaker Daihatsu has released the first teaser images for its new Copen roadster, due to be revealed in the coming months.
Previewed by last year’s Kopen concepts, the tiny new Copen (yes, still with a ‘C’), will launch with option for buyers to replace body panels for a customised look.
Dubbed ‘Dressformation’, the system will include 13 outer plates that can be swapped with other official panels featuring unique colours and designs.
Last year’s Kopen concept showcased two distinct looks for the compact roadster, one with a streamlined spors look and the other with a more rugged jeep-like body kit.
Beneath the panels will reside a new ‘D-Frame’ skeleton claimed to be three times stronger than the chassis of the original model, which was produced from 2002 until 2012.
A powered folding roof will also be featured, and Daihatsu promises top-down action in around 20 seconds.
As a member of Japan’s ‘kei car’ class, the new Copen will again be powered by a 660cc turbocharged engine offering 47kW and 92Nm of torque.
A five speed manual will be standard, while a CVT auto with seven programmed ‘gears’ will also be available.
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