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[ T h e D a i h a t s u L e e z a ]
The D a i h a t s u L e e z a 1986 – 1993 ( 昭和61 – 平成5 ダイハツ・リーザ )
The Daihatsu Leeza was a kei-car with coupé styling and was launched in Japan in December 1986. It was taken out of production in August 1993 after having been largely replaced by the Daihatsu Opti of 1992. Whilst having coupé lines, most of the Leezas sold in Japan were technically speaking commercial vehicles, having strapping points and temporary rear seats, in order to to take advantage of the kei-car tax breaks at the time.
[ 550 cc V e r s i o n s ]
The 1992 Leeza Spider
( Note the bonnet scoop on the Turbo model )
Later in its life the Leeza was also available as a convertible named the ‘Leeza Spyder‘ which had a leather interior. Power output from the carburetted 550 cc EB-series 3-cylinder engine was either 32 or 50 PS, depending on whether a turbocharger was fitted. In January 1989 the TR-XX EFi, a fuel injected 64 PS version was added, followed by a Club Sports edition in October 1989 which offered lowered suspension and a body kit.
The car had modern clean lines, but the rear seats were cramped due to the sloping rear window, although the front seats were quite spacious. The 32 PS version ( manual, 5-speed ) went from 0-60 mph in 21.3 seconds in a period British road test, reaching a top speed of 75 mph ( 121 kph ). Driven hard, it returned 6.84 L/100 km ( 41.3 mpg ) although the figures were much better when the car was driven carefully. The cars intended use was for city driving and designed accordingly, making it somewhat unsuited to motorway driving.
[ T h e 660 cc U p d a t e ]
In March 1990 with the new kei-car regulations, the Leeza was completely updated and given the new chassis code L111, and went on sale in August 1990. The new Leeza, arrived a little later than its more popular sibling the Daihatsu Mira. It was now available for between ¥698,000 ( £5,274 ) and ¥950,000 ( £7.178 ) in ‘R‘, ‘Cha Cha‘ and ‘OXY‘ trim lines. The larger 50PS 660 cc engine and slightly enlarged bodywork made for a more usable car, and allowed for the fitment of more safety equipment. However, the tax advantages for ‘faux‘ commercial vehicles had been withdrawn, and the Leeza was now only sold as a passenger car, limiting its market somewhat.
Body Style: 3-door Hatchback; 2-door Cabriolet.
Layout: Front engine; Front-wheel drive.
[ T H E E N G I N E S ]
547cc EB10/40 I3 ( petrol ); 547cc EB20/21/26 I3 ( t/c petrol ).
659cc EF-HL I3 ( petrol ); 659 cc EF-JL ( t/c petrol ).
Transmission: 4/5-speed manual; 2/3-speed automatic.
Wheelbase: 2,140 mm ( 84.3 in )
Length: 3,295 mm ( 129.7 in ); Width: 1,395 mm ( 54.9 in )
Height: 1,335 mm ( 52.6 in ); Curb Weight: 640 kg ( 1,411 lb )
Five months after the update, the turbocharged ‘OXY-R‘ ( with the maximum 64 PS engine ) arrived, with a prominent bonnet scoop for the intercooler. Daihatsu also made a 2-seater convertible version of the Leeza called the ‘Spider‘ ready for production. There was also a Spider-based show car in 1991, called the FX-228. The Spider ( L111SK ), only fitted with the turbocharged engine, arrived in November 1991 and lasted until the end of production in August 1993.
1991 Daihatsu Leeza Spider FX-228 ( ダイハツ・リーザ・スパイダー FX-228 )