The retro-futuristic, tail-finned profile of the Daihatsu DN Campagno is billed as a “compact four-door coupe for active seniors”. And indeed, its 1960s spirit designed in collaboration with Italian coachbuilder Vignale harkens to the charm of the original sedan of years gone by. But peek inside and the retro moods gives way to a slew of technologically progressive features all designed to propel drivers toward the future.
Unveiled ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show 2017, the Daihatsu DN Campagno is the latest in a lineage of kei cars – a Japanese category of micro-sized cars rarely ever seen in the SUV/truck-loving United States.
Here, the Campagno is reimagined as a hybrid engine reboot of the original compact sedan, sharing only the moniker with the original model that launched the automaker’s passenger car line in 1963 (built until 1970). The updated concept DN Campagno replaces the gas powered engine with a hybrid 1.2-liter powertrain, adding an electric motor and battery to bolster range and reduce emissions.
Perhaps even more interesting – and weird – is the DN Pro Cargo, a box-on-wheels 4-seater with a deceptively spacious and versatile interior layout offering numerous configurations (apparently including mobile blogger and bakery on wheels modes).
The Toyota-owned Daihatsu has been absent from the United States market since the early 1990s, so its unlikely we’ll see anything remotely as oddball as these two designs motoring bookended by a sea of SUVs. But we’re looking forward to seeing both the Daihatsu DN Compagno and DN Pro Cargo in person in just a few days, still hopeful in our “active senior” years we’ll be fortunate enough to drive something with such vim, vigor, and vivacious attitude as this pair.