Japanese automakers save some models (and editions thereof) for their own domestic market. Maybe even most of them. Some of those – amped-up WRXs and GT-Rs and the like – we wish we could get our hands on. But this is one we’re glad to do without.
It’s the new Style edition of the Daihatsu Boon – a subcompact hatchback otherwise known as the Daihatsu Sirion or Toyota Passo. And while it may be oriented (as its name suggests) towards style, it’s not a style that we’d embrace.Launched together with the latest revisions to the Boon, the Style edition is characterized by "soft, rounded lines forming a distinctive and cute silhouette," in the manufacturer’s own terms. More to the point, it’s pink. Very pink.Juicy Pink Metallic is what Daihatsu calls it, and it’s available in either a single tone or two-two finish with a white roof. Fortunately there’s a Powdery Beige Metallic version as well, but the Japanese automaker is clearly going after the Hello Kitty crowd with this one.It also features unique alloys measuring all of 14 inches, along with LED fog lamps, white exterior trim, magenta-accented interior accents, faux-suede upholstery, and special glass that filters out infrared and ultraviolet light.At ¥1,522,800 (about $13.5k) in front-drive spec or ¥1,718,280 (about $15k) with all-wheel drive, it’s not the most expensive version of the Boon that Daihatsu offers domestically – but it’s near the top of the line for a budget-oriented supermini. Pricing for the revised Boon (sans the Pepto coating) starts at ¥1,177,200 (~$10k) in base X trim and tops out at ¥1,891,080 (under $17k) for a fully loaded Boon CILQ with the G Package and AWD.