Daihatsu reveals a collection of cute concepts for next month's show.
The Tokyo Auto Salon has had to adapt to the effects of the pandemic and will be closing its doors in person but opening its digital doors to the internet, with a virtual event scheduled for early next year. Since there won't be the same sort of reveal that would normally take place, a number of manufacturers have been teasing some of the new machines they'll be unveiling at the 2021 show. We'll be seeing work from TRD and Modellista after they've had their way with the Toyota GR Supra and some other models, but manufacturers like Daihatsu are bringing some cool projects too.
Five unique offerings will be presented as part of a display called the Daihatsu Village Colourful Carnival. One of these is an extended cab version of a commercial pick-up called the Hijet Jumbo. This has had its roof removed to give it a speedster-like appearance, but there are new wheels, sporty bucket seats, and lowered suspension too.
There's also the Hijet Jumbo Camper Ver, which is a tiny pick-up that has been enhanced with a tent over the cargo bed, two-tone paintwork, a roof rack, and old-school-style wheels. If the word 'dink' could ever be personified in a vehicle, this would be it.
One of the projects that we quite like is based on the Daihatsu Copen Cero and is now called the Copen Spyder Ver. This too has a speedster-like aesthetic with a tiny windshield, aftermarket wheels, and deleted fog lights. Then there's the Taft Crossfield Ver, which is something like a miniature Bronco Sport. It gets a mild lift kit, all-terrain tires, flared wheel arches, a front brush bar with tow hooks, and a roof rack.
Finally, Daihatsu will showcase something called the Thor Premium Ver with D-Sport, a mini minivan with a two-tone paint finish, bigger wheels, and an aggressive stance that is complemented by a new body kit.
None of these will be offered in the US, but we're pretty keen to see if they make series production.