Daihatsu Esse

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Daihatsu Esse
Daihatsu Esse 2006 Japan Yellow.jpg
Parent companyToyota
PredecessorDaihatsu Opti
Daihatsu Max
ClassKei car
Body style(s)5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout, 4WD
Engine(s)658 cc petrol
Transmission(s)3 speed automatic
4 speed automatic
5 speed manual
Wheelbase2390 mm (94.1 in)
Length3395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1470 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight700 kg (1543 lb)-780 kg (1720 lb)
Fuel capacity36 litres (9.5 US gal; 7.9 imp gal)
RelatedDaihatsu Copen
Daihatsu Mira
Daihatsu Move
Daihatsu Sonica
Daihatsu Tanto
ManualService Manual

The Daihatsu Esse is a Japanese kei car launched in December 2005, that at launch was the cheapest new car in Japan. Its current price range is ¥682,500 - ¥1,123,500. It has 4 seats and a 658 cc engine.
According to Daihatsu, Esse means 'Eco, Smart, Simple & Easy'
It is available as a 5-door hatchback in 2 distinct styles - Esse or Esse Custom.
Esse is available as Eco, D, L, and X in FWD and 4WD. Esse Custom was added in November 2006 and is available as Custom and Custom 4WD.
Its main rivals are the Suzuki Alto, Subaru R1, Mitsubishi eK and Subaru Pleo.