Japan – The structure of the updated COPEN, called the ‘D-Frame’, will consist of an advanced framework of resin outer body panels, providing rigidity but also freedom of materials and design. The DRESSFORMATION interior and exterior components can be selected by customers to suit their preferences.
The new-concept D-Frame chassis, with its framework structure and monocoque body, achieves a vertical flexural rigidity nearly three times higher than the first-generation COPEN, and one-and-a-half times greater torsional rigidity.
The DRESSFORMATION outer body panels, fastened with bolts, each consist of 13 parts, of which 11 will be changeable: the front hood, luggage panel, front and rear bumpers and fenders, locks and fuel cap. Interior parts such as decorative panels for driver seats, front passenger seats and audio clusters can also be changed after purchase, according to customer preference.
Weight-savings on the updated COPEN will be achieved by the resin outer body panel, plus Daihatsu’s first resin fuel tanks.