Suzuki has added one more kei car called Lapin LC to its JDM lineup, with prices starting at JPY 1,409,100 (INR 8.14 lakh or US$ 10,439). The Lapin LC is a “premium” variant if you will, of the 3rd-gen Lapin that is on sale in Japan since 2015. Both JDM Alto-based models feature a retrolicious exterior styling coupled with practical and usable interiors.
For anyone scratching their heads, the name ‘Lapin’ stems from the French term for “rabbit”, which explains the rabbit logo on the front of the car; the small letter ‘i’ in the Lapin wordmark is also styled like a rabbit. But anyway, the Lapin and the Lapin LC are distinguished with different front fascias and wheel designs. Three mono- and three two-tone paint finishes are available, with the latter featuring an exclusive wheel design.
The interiors are differentiated by color theme and materials. Which means, the Lapin LC retains all the features of the Lapin, including plenty of storage options, USB power sockets, an LCD MID with rabbit character animations, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, auto AC, driver seat height adjustment, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and safety features such as dual camera brake support, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, reverse brake support, and more.
Now, if you’re already aware of kei cars, then you’d probably know what to expect under that tiny bonnet. And what you’ll find under that tiny bonnet is a 660 cc 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with 38 kW (52 metric hp) of power and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is coupled with a CVT that drives the front wheels as standard, however, AWD variants are also available. Download the spec-sheet here.
The Lapin LC also boasts mild-hybrid functionalities such as idle start-stop system and deceleration energy recovery system; in the latter, the energy is fed back into both lead-acid battery and lithium-ion battery.