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|Also called||Mazda Spiano|
2002-2008 (Mazda Spiano)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||Five-door hatchback|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive|
|Related||Suzuki Alto, Suzuki Wagon R|
|Engine||657 cc inline-3 dohc 40 kW|
657 cc inline-3 turbo dohc 44 kW
|Wheelbase||2,360 mm (92.9 in)|
|Length||3,395 mm (133.7 in)|
|Width||1,475 mm (58.1 in)|
|Height||1,495 mm (58.9 in)-1,505 mm (59.3 in)|
|Curb weight||780 kg (1,720 lb)-850 kg (1,874 lb)|
The Suzuki Lapin is a kei car with a five-door hatchback body, manufactured since 2002 by Suzuki for the Japanese market only, and was also marketed in Japan only by Mazda as Mazda Spiano under an OEM agreement through their Autozam stores until 2008. It is based on Suzuki's popular Alto kei car.
The Lapin has a very distinctive, boxy shape, that apparently proved popular with female buyers. The name "Lapin" stems from the French word for "rabbit", and the car sports rabbit-head badges. The Mazda version has differences concerning some styling details, including a different front end.
The first-generation Alto Lapin was introduced in January 2002 with three trims, "G","X" and "X2". The car is powered by the Suzuki's K6A kei car engine, 0.66 L naturally aspirated (40 kW / 54 hp) with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The default transmission is a four-speed automatic.
The second-generation Alto Lapin was introduced in November 2008 with four trims: "G", "X", "T" and "T L package". CVT was added and manual transmission was dropped.