Daihatsu D-XMon, 14 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Previews of new models to be unveiled at December's Tokyo Auto Show are now coming thick and fast. The latest additions to the list come from Daihatsu who will launch three new concepts under the slogan of ‘Big Answer from Small' at the show.
The first of these is the D-X or ‘D-Cross'. As the new brand moniker suggests, the car is dimensionally small, and features interchangeable body panels that allow the vehicle to transcend segments. The Kei car is able to switch from a two-seat roadster – reminiscent of the Renault Sport Spider thanks to its two-tone hue and simplistic nature – to a two-door crossover-type vehicle, more reminiscent of the Suzuki X90 thanks to its two-seat bubble center section and prominent rear deck. The final variations of the D-X is a ‘racer' – in essence a sports car with a race inspired livery and a lightweight panelled van.
The car's primary lamp graphics fore and aft, bulbous arches and rakish screen angle remain the same, regardless of configuration. Everything else – including the doors – is interchangeable depending on need and purpose of the car.
Inside, the D-X has a simple IP, featuring a prominent central stack and thin bucket seats. The instrument binnacle is mounted atop the IP giving a driver-centric feel to the cockpit.
More details of the car will be unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, keep an eye out for CDNLive's event coverage.
Photo Gallery: Daihatsu D-X