You noticed the Daihatsu Imaginative and prescient Copen from the 2023 Japan Mobility Present (JMS), a preview of the next-generation compact roadster that’s much more sports activities automobile than the previous two Copens. It feels like a scrumptious little bowl of don – rear-wheel drive, 1.3-litre engine (double the capability) and dimensions that goes past kei-car boundaries.
After which there’s the appears to be like. Impressed by the unique Copen from the noughties however with good proportions and even some muscle, it’s a way more sportier look than we’re used to from the Copen. It’s now nearer to the Mazda MX-5 and I adore it.
However in order for you the principle USP of the Copen – open-top driving – however don’t take care of a low-slung driving place (or just don’t have the knees to do sports activities vehicles anymore), then the Daihatsu Osanpo Idea is perhaps up your alley. Not like the ICE-powered imaginative and prescient for the Copen, the Osanpo is an EV.
“A BEV mini automobile of the long run that permits drivers to benefit from the consolation of open-air driving with the benefit of going for a stroll, making a slower worth of their each day lives,” is how Daihatsu describes the Osanpo.
It presents a “relaxed enjoyment that solely a compact convertible can supply” and is “an opulent automobile to slowly benefit from the nature round you in a pleasing breeze, as if taking a stroll,” DMC says.
You might be scratching your head on the description, however there are few issues higher than driving a convertible on a very good day, and the Osanpo combines that with a excessive hip level. On the town, the EV shall be easy and silent, with zero tailpipe emissions.
The Osanpo is 3,395 mm lengthy and 1,475 mm broad, which suggests it falls inside kei-car limits, not like the Imaginative and prescient Copen. However just like the Copen, the Osanpo’s wheels have been pushed out to the extremes of the automobile, a lot so that you could see the tyres from the entrance and rear, in addition to the uncovered springs, which supplies the Osanpo a little bit of an ‘off-road’ look. Copious quantities of black cladding additional amplify the ‘outside’ look.
With tyres thus far out, the two,440 mm wheelbase may be very lengthy for a automobile with such a small footprint. However the greatest distinction from the Imaginative and prescient Copen is top. This ‘4×4-style’ (no point out of what number of wheels are pushed, but it surely’s more likely to be two for a kei-car) convertible is 1,330 mm tall, 65 mm greater than the Copen showcar.
What do you consider this ‘off-road’ cabrio? For a extra standard tackle open-top motoring, try the Daihatsu Imaginative and prescient Copen.
GALLERY: Daihatsu Osanpo Idea at JMS 2023
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