Daihatsu has brought three wacky concepts to the Tokyo motor show. The Daihatsu D-X, Pico and FC Shocase adopt the firm’s ‘big answer from small’ slogan and preview Daihatsu’s next-generation tech for small cars.
The Daihatsu D-X (‘d-cross) is a compact and chunky multi-purpose two-seater. Power comes courtesy of a two-pot, turbocharged unit, which Daihatsu says “strikes a balance between the joy of driving and fuel-efficiency”. According to Daihatsu's Tokyo press conference, the next-gen 'efficient and powerful' two-cylinder engine used in the concept will be rolled out across the Daihatsu range.
The D-X’s versatile resin-based body parts can be swapped to allow the concept to take on different body guises, such as roadster, coupé and hatchback.
Also featuring on Daihatsu’s Tokyo stand is the Pico. The electric two-seat tandem is described as representing a new category of vehicle, “positioned between light cars and motorised bicycles”.
Features of the Pico include scissor-style doors with integrated LED lighting, a flat floor to ease access and a radar-guided ‘driving assistance’ system.