The Tokyo Motor Show is home ground for Japanese automakers, and Daihatsu is taking advantage to showcase four new concepts at the show’s latest running. These are the kei-class Waku Waku crossover, the Wai Wai six-seater, the Ico Ico autonomous vehicle and the Tsumu Tsumu small truck.

First up, the Waku Waku. The kei-class crossover is given the rugged look with blocky, dark plastic wheelarches, silver bumpers and orange plastic trim for the door cards, seat backs and boot floor. The Waku Waku also features a roof that opens to reveal more storage space. The orange highlights continue on the wheel rims and on the front and rear bumpers.

Inside, the Waku Waku has mostly black interior with metallic orange highlights. Displays are digital, with the driver’s instrumentation fashioned to look like conventional analogue dials, while the central display appears to handle navigation and air-conditioning.

Next is the Wai Wai concept, an MPV which accommodates six seats across three rows. The small MPV concept employs sliding rear door for access to the second and third rows, while a pair of what appear to be fabric sunroofs offer more airiness to the cabin.

The Wai Wai’s seats employ slim seat backs to maximise cabin space, and these too can be folded down to accommodate cargo. Up front, the sleek, minimalist style continues with a full-width digital display on the dashboard and a smaller, centrally-mounted unit on the lower rung in line with the steering wheel.

Designed as a last-mile transporter, the Ico Ico is a small, autonomous people carrier that is suited to narrow roads and spaces; ideal for congested urban areas. This appears to be a four seater, one which is equipped with retractable ramps for smoother access when transporting luggage, or for aiding wheelchair access. The Ico Ico also comes with a talking ‘care robot’ by the name Nippote.

Rounding up the quartet of concepts, Daihatsu has the Tsumu Tsumu for goods hauling. Possibly a kei-class truck, the Tsumu Tsumu features a two-seater cabin with its seats directly above the front wheels to maximise cargo space. Its cargo area can be replaced with various setups for different business applications, with images showing an extendable cargo tray and a deployable drone platform as examples.

The front passenger seat folds flat with its seat back doubling as a tray table, while the flat construction of both seats free up storage space behind the occupants, and rearward opening doors – each with their own storage racks – offer easier access to this space.

The dashboard of the Tsumu Tsumu employs a rugged style, where the driver gets a widescreen digital display, with a dashboard-mounted gear lever in line with a simple, rugged steering wheel appearing to be a three-spoke design with the left spoke replaced by a rotary selector. The front passenger also gets a fold-out table from the dashboard for smaller items.

In terms of powertrains, Daihatsu’s latest concepts could use a mix of petrol, hybrid and possibly fully electric power.

The Ico Ico will likely be a full EV for its last-mile transport role, while the Tsumu Tsumu and Waku Waku should be petrol-powered, considering the tachometers which go up to 8,000 rpm; the latter likely to be the hybrid with a ‘B’ slot on its gearlever for energy recuperation. The Wai Wai’s power unit is less clear, though there appears to be room for either a petrol or electric powertrain.