Daihatsu Compagno heads new five car DN-range

Published: 25 October 2017

 Daihatsu launches five new cars under the DN banner
 Selection is topped off by the Compagno coupe-saloon
 Sleek four-door boasts a coupe-style roofline

Daihatsu unveiled no less tha five concept cars at once at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. They are topped off by the good-looking DN Compagno, which is a retro-referencing four-door saloon-coupe, with the most appealing roofline that looks like it’s come straight from Nissan’s much-missed Pike Factory.

And to prove its retro credentials, it was parked alongside an identically-coloured 1962 Compagno. For those who like history, that car was the first Japanese motor to be officially imported into the UK. So, will the new one make it to the UK? Unlikely.

Daihatsu says that the Compagno’s most important feature is the relaxing comfort you’re able to enjoy in the two front seats. And that is combined with a high-quality interior, which has not always been a high priority in this market sector.

So, who will buy the Daihatsu Compago?

It’s far from sporting, and Daihatsu says that it’s a cruiser that’s targeted at ‘active seniors’ who like to enjoy ‘individual lifestyles’. In other words, empty nesters with a few quid to spare. Or not, as the case in the UK may be.

It’s powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, but will also be available with the option of a 1.2-litre petrol hybrid. Daihatsu wouldn’t confirm whether it would be going into production, but it looked near-production ready to us.

What about the rest of the DN Series?

Alongside the four-door Compagno will be a small SUV, which is called the DN Trec. It’s powered by the same engine options as the coupe and has been conceived to be used in light off-roading situations.

Daihatsu DN Trec

A larger SUV called the DN Multisix was also unveiled. That’s powered by 1.5-litre petrol engine and it packs in three rows of seats. There’s also a petrol-powered U-Space MPV Kei-car powered by a 660cc engine.

Last in the lineup is the electrically-powered DN Pro Cargo, which is described as a versatile load-lugger, and which looks like it would make a very effective small van for city-based companies.

Judging from the reactions from the crowds in Tokyo who flocked around the Compagno, Daihatsu would be crazy not to put it into production. Expect to see it in the UK soon after as a grey import, and 10 years after that, in the classic car magazines.

Daihatsu Compagno

By Keith Adams

Devout classic Citroen enthusiast, walking car encyclopedia, and long-time contributor to CAR