In tests, the 617 cc version of the car received plaudits for its refinement as well as its "lively" character and "enthusiastic" performance when compared to European competitors such as the Fiat Panda 30 and the Citroën Visa Club, both also with two-cylinder engines.The main issue was cost: the balance-shaft equipped bicyclinder supposedly cost as much to build as a conventional four-cylinder engine.
Displacement of the new EB engines remained exactly the same, at 547 cc.For the L80 export versions a 847 cc three-cylinder was developed, called ED-10.In September 1986 a special version for the Swiss market appeared, with a narrower bore version displacing 796 cc (called ED-10A).The L55 series was sold with two main engines: the two-cylinder AB10 unit of 547 cc, and the slightly larger 617 cc AD unit which was installed in the export-only L60 Cuore.They both featured twin balancing shafts, producing a smoothness and silent operations on par with a traditional four-cylinder engine.The turbo version was originally only available as a Mira (three-door commercial), and was introduced two months after the regular version.
Transmissions were either four- or five-speed manuals, with a two-speed automatic also available for the atmospheric versions.
The Mira is the latest successor to the line of cars begun with the Daihatsu Fellow of 1966 and was originally introduced as the commercial version of the Cuore.
Outside Japan, the Mira has also been offered with an 850 cc or 1000cc engine.
In January 1986, a five-door "Van" (Mira) version was added.
A "Walk-Through Van" version, using the regular bonnet combined with near square rear bodywork, appeared two months later.
This was enough for 41 PS (30 k W) and a resulting top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).