The biennial Tokyo motor show opens its doors on 27 October; latest additions – Toyota Fine Comfort Ride concept, Mitsubishi Electric Emirai 4
The Tokyo motor show is regarded as one of the most diverse in the industry, encompassing the best of Japan’s native car makers as well as its idiosyncratic car culture, with wild tuning cars, boxy kei cars and more.
This is the year of the 45th Tokyo motor show, and the closer we get to the show, the more confirmed entries there are. Keep an eye out for new announcements as they hit the press.
2017 Tokyo motor show – the cars:
Daihatsu will present no fewer than five cars at the Tokyo motor show, including a dinky four-door coupé, the DN Compagno, small SUV, the DN Trec, larger, three-row SUV in the DN Multisix, 660cc, petrol-powered U-Space, and the DN Pro Cargo concept, which is powered by electric, and is claimed to be a versatile load-lugger, suitable for a variety of uses, from wheelchair-accessible vehicle, to small mobile cafe.
Honda’s doing a Volkswagen with its electric concepts, and is revealing the Sports EV – closely related to the Frankfurt show-stealing Urban EV a few weeks ago – in Tokyo. It’s another virginal white concept, with retro styling cues carried over from its Urban EV sibling. Unlike the Urban EV, Honda hasn’t announced a production date for the Sports EV…
…although the Urban EV is being wheeled out at Tokyo for a second bite of the motor show cherry.
Alongside its other models, including the new LS, Lexus will showcase a new concept car at the Tokyo motor show, which the brand is keeping tight-lipped about until the show’s doors open to the press on 25 October. Lexus’ last concept was the UX, revealed at the Paris motor show in 2016. Given the current electric, autonomous and SUV trends, it’s likely that the concept will be an electric, autonomous SUV.
Lexus is tipped to bring seven-seat versions of units RX SUV to Tokyo, named the RX 350L and RX 450hL. The three-row SUV will act as a rival to the Range Rover and upcoming BMW X7, with the same engine range as the standard five-seat RX.
Neither of Mazda’s concepts yet have names, but the design vision model, as Mazda describes it, shows the brand’s future styling direction, continuing its ‘Kodo’ design language, on a dramatic, four-door coupé. It follows the similarly rakish RX Vision concept of the last Tokyo motor show in 2015.
The product concept, despite not being pinned to previewing any specific model, is an unmistakable signpost as to what to expect from the next 3. It’s a five-door hatchback, powered by Mazda’s cutting-edge Skyactiv-X compression ignition technology, and styling draws inspiration from the new CX-5.
Mitsubishi is reviving the Evolution name on an unfamiliar car; instead of a rally-honed sports saloon, the e-Evolution is a low-riding coupé-SUV, with electric four-wheel drive and advanced autonomous systems. It’s not yet confirmed for production, but Mitsubishi says the car would be its flagship should it hit the roads.
Odd one, this one; it’s not Mitsubishi as we know it, but the brand’s electrics and tech subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric. The car might not make production as-is, rather being a test and display bed for human machine interface tech shown inside.
The Nissan Leaf has been the Japanese car maker’s sole electric vehicle since launch, but now the second-generation EV has arrived, Nissan is planning to broaden its electric-powered range with an SUV. Although Nissan revealed the Terra electric SUV concept back in 2012, Nissan says that this is not the car for Tokyo this year.
Nissan will continue its EV assault with a concept to preview the upcoming Nissan Leaf Nismo – a racier version of the best-selling EV – which it’s bringing to the Tokyo show later in the month.
Subaru’s Tokyo-bound concept is an aggressive, box-arched performance saloon, with the angular face of the Impreza up front and a ducktail spoiler at the rear. Subaru hasn’t yet revealed any details of the car, so look out on show day for full specs.
And now for something completely different. Alongside the new Jimny, Suzuki will also show its e-Survivor concept, designed to be the future of the small off-roader. It has an electric motor for each wheel, huge ground clearance, two seats, an open roof and considerable off-road potential.
Bet you can’t guess what this is being pitched against – Toyota’s going outlandish, with its Fine-Comfort Ride concept, which is said to propose «a new form of the premium saloon in a low-carbon society». You guessed it – the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is in its sights, with a wheelbase 30cm longer than Mercedes’ saloon, and a focus upon comfort inside.
If Toyota made all the sports cars which it produced concepts for, it’d be a very sports car-heavy brand. The GR HV is a hybrid sports car based on the GT86, with rear-wheel drive, and a bizarre automatic gearbox, with manual gear lever.
Alongside the GR HV Sports in Tokyo will be a Tj Cruiser concept (pictured above). This hybrid model hints at the brand’s future SUV design direction with retro styling, chunky dimensions and a modular interior.
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