Thursday, June 18, 2015

Daihatsu Copen Cero

Last year, Daihatsu brought back the Copen kei roadster in the form of two styles; the Robe which is much derived from its Tokyo Motor Show concept car from 2013 and the X-PLAY which looks like the Robe only with some crossover-ish looks that pretends to be it's ready to hit the beach. These different styles are because of the Copen's Dress Formation on the D-Frame, meaning customers can personalize their own Copen just the way they want.

2016 Daihatsu Copen Cero

As promised, the third variation of the Copen's resurrection has arrived and for this variant, it harks back to the first-generation Copen of 2002, giving customers new and old-time Copen owners a nostalgic feel to the once-forgotten kei-roadster. They've called it the Cero. Copen Cero.

2016 Daihatsu Copen Cero

2016 Daihatsu Copen Cero interior

2016 Daihatsu Copen Cero interior
With the Cero added in the Copen lineup, people who are looking forward to buy their own Copen can choose one of the three styles from the Robe, X-PLAY, and the Cero. However, there's a major catch when you're opting for the Cero model because it's priced 54,000 Yen more than the Robe/X-PLAY model for the CVT as well as for the 5-speed manual model.

That's a huge price to pay for nostalgia but despite the nostalgic looks for the Cero, it till retains the same 660cc 3-cylinder turbocharged engine from the Copen Robe so it produces the kei-car maximum limit of 64PS power output and 92Nm of torque, while mated with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox which comes with a 7-speed manual mode.

For fuel economy, the CVT version returns 25.2km/L while the manual gearbox version returns at 22.2km/L.

It still comes with the same driver-focused interior as the other two, meaning that you don't get a radio unless you've opted for the DIATONE SOUND NAVI optional extra. For the Cero, you get two interior color combinations with the latter known as the Red Interior Pack which gives the Cero a much charismatic taste while driving.

So, if you're in Japan and shopping for a new Copen, which of the three styles will you choose? The Robe? The X-PLAY? Or the Cero? The choices are endless when it comes to choosing your own Copen and feel free to mix and match until you have the Copen that's right for you.

Available Colors: British Green Mica, Pearl White III, Bright Silver Metallic, Black Mica Metallic, Matador Red Pearl, Tonico Orange Metallic, Jaune Yellow, and Clear Blue Crystal Metallic.

Photo: Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.

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