The Esse Custom follows the script, arriving with a black interior with metallic accents and a smart-looking black exterior finish that's accented by a subtle red pinstripe that runs the length of the rocker panels and also trims the edges of the front and rear bumper covers. Foglights, a new radio antenna, a roof-mounted rear spoiler, and a set of alloys completes the look. It's no Model T, though - in addition to black/red,there are a variety of other color/pinstripe combos. Daihatsu has all the bases covered, so if you want a purple one with a grey stripe, they'll be able to hook you up. If you live in Japan, that is.
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Our favorite thing about this Esse Custom is just how much its look apes the old Renault 5 (a.k.a. Le Car), especially in profile. With it's 3-cylinder kei-spec engine, it's never going to draw any comparisons to, say, a Renault 5 Turbo 2, but we appreciate the homage the Esse pays to the little French car. In a market dominated by squared-off, wagonesque keis (excepting the egglike Mitsubishi "i"), the Esse and Esse Custom bring an interesting retro feel with their 80s era Renault-influenced shapes.