Sunday 25 February 2018

Stars rise in the East as Tokyo Show lights up way of future

Radical concept: Mitsubishi eX.
Radical concept: Mitsubishi eX.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The Tokyo Motor Show starts tomorrow and will be bursting with radical concept cars and eye-catching new designs.

We have already seen some extraordinary previews of models from Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki and Mazda, to name but a few.

But there will also be strong showings from the likes of Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes and Volkswagen (its first major event since the emissions scandal broke).

By way of just a flavour of what to expect from the oriental showpiece here are some of the models that will be adorning the stands.

Honda will have its FCV fuel-cell vehicle production-ready and poised to compete with the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and Toyota Mirai. It is due in right-hand-drive over the next couple of years.

One of the big news stories to emerge pre-show is that Mazda's sports-car concept will have a new generation of a rotary engine - dubbed SkyActiv-R - to follow the RX-8.

It is also speculated that the next generation of the Lexus LS flagship could come with a V8 hybrid powertrain.

Elsewhere, Mitsubishi is describing its eX (pictured) as heralding its new generation of EVs - and it could be an electric version of the ASX.

Meanwhile, the marque's radical Emirai 3 xDas concept is widely regarded as a forerunner of its autonomous vehicle technology. Making its debut too will be MINI's new Cabriolet which here in the spring.

And watch for Nissan's 'Teatro for Dayz', described as a 'clean canvas' for digital sharing. Its electric concept is viewed as the outline of the next Leaf electric vehicle.

The shape and size of Subaru's new Impreza, due next year, will be on view as it assumes a more traditional hatchback profile.

Suzuki will be busy at the show with several concepts.

Its iM-4 concept will go on sale here next year but it's doubtful if it will be called Ignis in Europe. Meanwhile Toyota's S-FR will show a new entry-level sports car to slot under the GT86.

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