At the moment, Daihatsu isn’t saying much about the car. In fact, the press release materials had only three sentences explaining about the D-base.
It only says that the D-base is a mini car that previews Daihatsu’s next generation family of mini cars, and that it will feature the next development of the company’s e:S (Eco and Smart) technology.
Highlights of Daihatsu’s current generation e:S technology includes an energy efficient engine that uses low friction internal components, engine idle start-stop system, higher 11.3:1 compression ratio, streamlined light weight body and an on-demand alternator that only engages when the vehicle is decelerating – all are rather simple, low-cost solutions.
The e:S technology first debuted in Japan in 2011, in the Japanese-market Daihatsu Mira, whose platform and body structure forms the basis for the Perodua Axia and its Indonesian cousins – Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya, minus the Japanese market-only e:S technology.