Daihatsu has revealed a new Kopen roadster concept at the Tokyo motor show.
Featuring 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.
Previously, 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.