Until a few weeks ago, the last bat-squeak we’d heard from the rarefied world of convertible kei cars was the 2002 Daihatsu Copen. Then the Honda S660 concept came along. Followed shortly (geddit?) by the Suzuki X-Lander. Now there’s this follow-up to the ’02 model, the Daihatsu Kopen.
There are two versions, both bound for the 2013 Tokyo motor show – the blue RMZ roadster, and the green, niche-shattering SUV-inspired XMZ. As per protocol, both have a 660cc engine – a forced-induction three-pot mated to a CV transmission. Size-wise, it’s exactly the same as the old one (to fit with stringent Kei regs) – that’s 3,395mm long (145mm shorter than a VW Up) and 1,475mm wide.
Reckon the new Kopen – if it got built – would kick-start more love for the brand?