Daihatsu is heading to the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon with a choice of modified automobiles. The occasion is thought for its excessive-efficiency sports activities automobiles and lavish luxurious rides, so how does an organization specializing in kei automobiles and compacts stand out? By headlining a kei camper with a folding rooftop tent. #Vanlife!
The Daihatsu Atrai Deck Camper began out as a kei supply truck for Japan’s slim metropolis streets. It’s a notable automobile for being the one kei truck that has 4 doorways and a pickup-like mattress within the again. Not solely that, however the two rear doorways are of the sliding selection, and the tailgate folds open 180 levels.
Normally, this would appear to be successful with fridge or grandfather clock repairmen, however Daihatsu sees it as the right tenting automobile. The rooftop cover seems to open and fold outward in shapes that mimic the added buttresses alongside the mattress. Additional expedition gear comes within the type of a safari rack on high of the tent shell, an LED mild bar and what seem to be two pairs of auxiliary lights in a bespoke entrance fascia.
Daihatsu’s constructing 4 different autos for the Auto Salon. One is a extra luxurious model of the totally enclosed Atrai van, fitted with a grille rivaling that of the brand new Silverado. Another Daihatsu HiJet kei truck is described as an meeting expertise truck for the Copen roadster. Though we solely have a cartoony illustration to go together with it for now, it appears such as you’ll have the opportunity to assemble the nostril of a Copen within the truck’s mattress.
Last however not least, Daihatsu is displaying two variants of the revived Daihatsu Rocky. Gen X readers may do not forget that title from the Suzuki Samurai-esque off-roader that was offered briefly within the U.S. from 1988-92. Unlike its physique-on-body predecessors, the brand new Rockys are unibody compacts. The present automobiles depict a luxurious-leaning model and an off-highway model.
Should Daihatsu ever return to the U.S. market the Rocky would most likely promote nicely in crossover-loopy America, however the true MVP could be a manufacturing Atrai Deck Camper.