Mitsubishi eK, Nissan Dayz kei cars to get better tech in their next generation
The Nissan-Mitsubishi joint enterprise has launched a generational update of its Mitsubishi eK and Nissan Dayz models. Both kei cars will get chassis and body improvements, as well as new engine and transmission options. More details will be available on March 28, 2019.
It is unlikely that the next-gen eK or Dayz turns out to be much different from its predecessor in terms of dimensions of engine power, though. In Japan, there are strict standards imposed on engine volumes, and kei cars aren’t allowed to have engines larger than 660 cubic centimeters or stronger than 64 horsepower (48 kW).
On the outside, both vehicles sport low-pitched windshields and shoulder lines rising towards their rear windows. There are quite a few new things inside, too.
Customers will be able to select from four trim versions, including the Nissan Dayz (standard), Dayz Highway Star (new), Mitsubishi eK Wagon (standard), and Mitsubishi eK X (new). The latter is being marketed as a kei-style crossover utility vehicle and actually approaches the larger Mitsubishi Delica D:5 in terms of outer design. The company says the Mitsubishi eK X will ship in 11 color schemes to choose from, with almost a half of those being multi-color.
Later on, the company plans to expand its kei car lineup by adding hybrid versions. It will also eventually start offering optional semi-autonomous drive modes for them.
Pre-orders are already open in Japan.
Reporter Artem Sukhanov