The upcoming 44th Tokyo Motor Show would be a petrol head’s heaven for sure. It’s expected that over 70 new concepts and cars would be making their world premiere in the Japanese capital. In addition to the Japanese majors – Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, etc., international manufacturers like Volkswagen, Fiat, Citroen, Renault, Jaguar, etc., would also be present.
This year’s theme of the show is “Your heart will race” and would be showcasing passenger cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles, in addition to the concepts and technologies from the automotive world. The show begins on October 29, 2015, and we bring to you a preview.
Suzuki Air Triser: According to Suzuki, the MPV concept car embodies "the concept of a private lounge." It offers three rows of seating, roominess and smart seat configuration in a compact body.
Suzuki Mighty Deck Concept: A concept mini car from Suzuki, Mighty Deck most likely is the successor to Suzuki’s Mighty Boy. The car is extremely compact yet sporty, and looks urban and practical, despite the open load deck.
Toyota S-FR Sports Car Concept: According to the specifications revealed online, Toyota’s concept sports car would be powered by a 1.5-litre (128 bhp) engine. It would most likely be pitched against the other entry-level car, Mazda MX-5 Miata and would sit just below the Toyota’s own GT86.
Toyota Kikai: Look at Kikai as a modern day hot rod that uses mechanical bits and pieces to adorn the car’s appeal. The striking car puts emphasis on the inner workings by displaying suspension components, engine, etc., instead of hiding them under metal skin.
Mitsubishi eX Concept: The Mitsubishi eX concept SUV would sit below the Outlander, and would use an all-electric transmission system and an all-wheel drive system. Automated driving system and connected car technology would complement the electric drive-train technology.
Suzuki Ignis (iM4): The Ignis is a compact crossover derived from concept iM4 and is production ready. The concept has used a 1.2-litre petrol motor, but there’s no news about the power-train that would make into Ignis. An off-road version of the car, Trail concept, would also be on display.
Nissan Teatro for Dayz: The Teatro for Dayz uses the familiar Nissan ‘V motion’ grille on the front. The absence of B pillar, and doors hinged on A and D pillars provide a huge area for ingress and egress. Nissan’s calling the car's cabin a 'future canvas.' In place of traditional buttons and controls, the car uses voice commands and gesture controls to control the infotainment system.
Toyota FCV plus: Powered by fuel-cell technology, the concept car is capable of sharing its generated electricity with local infrastructure. It uses four in-wheel motors that derive power from hydrogen fuel cell stack, which is strategically placed between the front tyres and the hydrogen storage tank located at the rear to save space, and provides better drive dynamics.
Honda FCV: The successor to the FCX Clarity, this car would be the closest version to the long awaited fuel-cell car from Honda. The car’s range is impressive at 435 miles and is powered by electric motors that develop peak power of 134 bhp. Much like the Toyota FCV, the car can generate electricity to power a house.
Lexux LS: It would be a rival to the German elites – BMW 7 series, Mercedes S class and Audi A8. It’s expected to be powered by a V8 hybrid engine.
Mazda Sports car concept: Mazda killed its last rotary-engined sports car, the RX-8, due to emission regulations. The teaser picture of the Sports car concept revealed by the company shows that the car’s a coupe and statements made by the company hint at it being powered by a Rotary engine. At this point, it cannot be said for sure if the car would indeed employ a rotary engine instead of a conventional piston engine.