Tokyo motor show.
a retractable metal roof, the model measures 3395mm long by 1475mm
wide, with a height of 1275mm. Power comes from a 660cc engine mated to a
CVT paddle-shift gearbox. That specification means that, like the
original, the new Copen conforms to Kei-car rules.
Two versions of
the Kopen concept were shown, with the standard car being seen
alongside a more rugged version, reportedly dubbed XMZ, which gains
extra body cladding for a more rugged appearence.
Daihatsu sources have confirmed to Autocar that a return of the Copen
was planned. The original Copen's rival, the Honda Beat, is also
planning to make a return with the S660 concept,
which will also be seen in Tokyo. Like the Copen, the revised Beat is
also a Kei car, and features a scalable platform which means it could be
sold in international markets.
The original Copen was built
between 2002 and 2012 and was, unlike the Beat, officially imported into
the UK. The concept was officially unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in
1999. The car received several upgrades and updates during its lifetime,
including two new trim levels announced in 2005 alongside a new
1.3-litre engine option.
Production of the Copen was halted in
August last year, with the final 500 cars produced being sold as limited
edition 10th anniversary models. In its original 660cc guise, the Copen
produced 66bhp and 74lb ft of torque, with a top speed of 110mph and a
0-62mph sprint time of 11.7 seconds.
Thanks to: Autocar