Daihatsu Reveals Four Quirky Concepts For Tokyo, Including A Possible Jimny Rival

You can always count on Daihatsu to bring a quirky lineup to the Tokyo Motor Show and this year’s edition of the event makes no exception.

Under the theme of “Gathering – warming up everyone’s lives,” the Toyota-owned automaker will showcase four new concept vehicles. Each of these studies have names that sound like the scientific designations of animal species (in Japanese): Ico Ico, Tsumu Tsumu, Wai Wai, and Waku Waku.

Let’s start with the last one which envisions a kei car-sized crossover that “expands the world of play,” according to Daihatsu. The Waku Waku concept appears to be quite close to a production model, and the fact that small crossovers are very popular nowadays should motivate Daihatsu to build it.

Also read: Daihatsu Creates Weird And Wild Kei Cars For Tokyo

Daihatsu Waku Waku Concept

Despite its small footprint, the boxy SUV features rugged design elements such as plastic wheel arch cladding, off-road bumpers, and high ground clearance. It’s not hard to see it evolving into a Suzuki Jimny rival.

Moving on to the Wai Wai Concept, it’s a small MPV that offers six seats on three rows and a “friendly” design that sets it apart from conventional minivans. The normal front doors and sliding rear doors offer access to an airy cabin.

Daihatsu Wai Wai Concept

Two sunroofs provide plenty of light to the interior featuring folding seats and a minimalist dashboard with a steering wheel-attached control panel and a horizontal display spanning the entire width of the dash. As with the Waku Waku study, this looks like it could morph into a production model quite easily and successfully.

Daihatsu Ico Ico Concept

The Ico Ico Concept is a people carrier too but it does not require a driver. A small autonomous shuttle that can drive on narrow roads, Ico Ico is suitable as a last-mile public transporter. The vehicle is equipped with a retractable platform which allows for easy ingress-egress, particularly for wheelchair users. Daihatsu does not say how many people the Ico Ico can transport but looking at the photos it appears to be a four-seater.

Daihatsu Tsumu Tsumu Concept

Finally, the Tsumu Tsumu is arguably the cutest of the four concepts as it envisions a multi-purpose tiny truck. The Tokyo Motor Show concept’s modular loading platform is equipped with a large drone unit but Daihatsu says the Tsumu Tsumu light truck can accommodate other things such as camping units.

The concept features a roomy cabin that’s easy to access thanks to the new concept door opening and offers additional cargo space, particularly with the passenger seat folded down. Daihatsu says the Tsumu Tsumu previews a next-generation light truck for the Japanese market.

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  • Mr. EP9

    I keep forgetting they are still around.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Some were rebadged as Toyotas

  • Ben

    They’re too cute.

    • illogicalPotato

      That’s basically everything Japanese in a nutshell.

    • db

      Maybe in some countries but I cannot imagine too many “average sized Americans” can fit comfortably in any of these.

  • Arct1c

    They all look like they belong in a Disney animated movie.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Daihatsu Reveals Four Quirky Concepts For Tokyo, Including A Possible Jimny Rival
    It’s square. Other than that I don’t see the comparison.

    Tsumu Tsumu is my favourite. The things you could do with that design.

    • Ben

      Yeah, the Tsumu Tsumu looks to be a great little platform with a LOT of possible utility.

      • Joe

        That’s the point! According to the Japanese press release (and sketches), there’ll be other platforms than the drone thing attached to the Tsumu Tsumu at the Tokyo show, and the sketches depict a food/fruit truck and a fishmonger as two of the examples. But yes, definitely my favourite of the four concepts.

        Also, I’m quite sure the Ico Ico’s body is at its basics the just released Tanto, but with the roof extended forward and squared to make the front flat. Interesting but not super practical as a concept if it only seats four…

  • Rzrlf

    I like it

  • HawkeyeVG

    still way above nissan…

  • Paulbe

    The kind of thing Daihatsu used to excel at.

  • i like the green one, and can we get the Rocky back toyota?

  • exeptor

    Imagine if Wai Wai appears (not that it will) before VW Bus – it will be hilarious after so many years of teasing with different concepts.

  • Wai Wai looks like a Fiat 500L mixed with what a modern Multipla could look like. Fiat should bring back the 60’s Multipla to rival the new VW Bus

  • daniel conway

    Please let them all be sold in the USA!

  • DaruniaG

    Nice Taycan headlights

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