Daihatsu showed us the Kopen concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2013. Here is the production version of the Copen with a C not K, as the concept was called.
The new reborn Copen is more aggressive than its predecessor with distinctive vertical front and rear lights. The roof is a two-piece folding hardtop that is pretty cool to see on a car that size.
The compact front-wheel drive Copen is powered by a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine producing 63bhp and 68 lb-ft of torque linked to either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission with seven speeds.
What really makes the new Copen special is its chassis architecture that allows most of the car’s body panels, except doors and the roof system to replace very easily. It comes handy when replacing damaged parts or just customizing the little roadster as you can see from the video below.
There is no word will we see the new Copen in Europe, but considering how popular city cars have become, we have a feeling the Copen would sell quite well.
In Japan the Copen starts at 1,798,200 yen (£10,355) for the CVT model or 1,819,800 yen (£10,480) for the five-speed model.
Not bad at all for a hard-top roadster.