Although its products are mostly small (apart from renamed products Toyota offers), Daihatsu is likely to have a sizable presence at Tokyo Auto Salon 2023. It highlights eight main models with a few of them having some pretty extensive and interesting modifications. More interesting patterns might just be concepts, but sometimes some of these habits lead to production variantAs a wild classic Honda S660 concept from a few years ago.
Daihatsu’s sportiest product recently is the Copen roadster. And it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The kei convertible (shown at the top) with its turbocharged 660 cc engine has received drastic styling changes that make it more in line with the original. Those changes include classic, round headlights at the front and rear, and a much cuter round front grille. Cuter looks reinforced by sharper dates like a roll bars, side skirts, rear diffuser and exhaust have red tips. As with the current and original Copen, it still appears to have a retractable hardtop. Performance details haven’t been released, but we wouldn’t be surprised if at least some suspension changes have been made, if not any power improvements. This is also a car that reminds us of the aforementioned classic Honda S660 model that was put into production. We’d love to see that happen, and I’m sure enthusiasts in Japan will too.
Hijet Jumbo Expansion
Designed as a hypothetical support vans for parts and more is the Hijet Jumbo Extend. It is based on the Hijet Jumbo, the extended cabin version of the Hijet kei truck. It is equipped with a custom car the box can be expanded to hold more things and maybe even people. The render also indicates that it will have an easily accessible fire extinguisher in a custom rack on the outside. Matching paint and Volk TE37 wheels give it the same racing-inspired styling as the Copen Clubsport.
Wild Man Atrai
The third one by Daihatsu Atrai Wildranger is highly customized. The company has added thick all-terrain tires and floor pads along the bottom half of the Atrai kei van. It also has matching outdoor green paint. But the big attraction is what’s on the roof. While it looks like the roof of a truck, what’s actually on it is a pop-off boat. That’s why there are paddles on the sides. So this will get you both arrive river and down it.
The next few Daihatsu are a bit more restrictive. Tanto Custom here is mostly upgraded with flashy red and black paint. It also has unique slim LED lights on each side of the nose and clear taillights at the rear. It is covered with a long rear spoiler.
Tanto Funcross is a similar case to Custom. This one comes in black and gold color themed plans around cycling. It takes a page from Wildranger in the addition of off-road tires, and the underpads are covered by floor pads. Good for hitting the trails and can absorb the weird hum from stray bikes.
Moving Canbus, Taft, Hijet
The last three cars appear to be all-inclusive cars. So these will actually be available to customers. The Move Canbus theory adds a unique front panel, roof basket and a set of wheels designed to look like classic Minilites. Taft Dark Chrome Venture simply has dark trim on the grille, faux skid plates and wheels. And Hijet Customize seems to mainly show off some different appearance options for working truck.