Many of the world’s biggest car manufacturers will be descending on Japan over the coming week for the 45th Tokyo Motor Show.
The Tokyo show, which was first held in April, 1954, is now a biennial event, and runs this year from 27 October to 5 November.
It is a big opportunity for car manufacturers from the home nation to display their new productions, but it will also see representatives from the European market and further afield unveiling new cars.
Nissan have put out a teaser via their social network channels of what looks to be a new crossover SUV concept. The
Japanese firm have been rumoured to be expanding its Leaf electric car into a range of electric vehicles, so it would make sense that the new Nissan addition may be an electric SUV. Simultaneously, such a move would appease the insatiable public demand for all things SUV at the moment, so could be a win-win for Nissan.
The company is keeping relatively quiet about what the actual features of the car, but they have said that it “embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” which has led many motoring experts to interpret that there will be some kind of autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities.
What we do know is that the Leaf will be joined by a higher performance NISMO (Nissan’s Motorsports Division) edition, which will sport larger wheels, lower sports suspension and a bespoke body kit.
Another Japanese firm Mitsubishi will be using the event to premiere their e-Evolution concept, which is to replace the rally-bred Lancer Evolution which was retired last year. This radical successor is expected to introduce a new body style, utilise electrification and be far removed from the standard Lancer on which every Evolution was based.
Lexus will be showing off a seven-seat version of the RX SUV, along with a new mystery concept car, while Honda’s new Urban EV concept (already warmly received at Frankfurt last month) will be making its first Japanese appearance, alongside a first peek at their Sports EV concept. Motor shows are the place for debuting luxury sports cars that most of is while either never be able to afford, or will never be able to get over the impracticality of them to buy in the first place. In other words, the really really cool cars. Step forward Toyota with the GR HV Sports, with a body that looks as if it has been inspired by Toyota’s MR2-based 222D rally car.
Elsewhere, Mazda are not using the 2017 TMS to unveil a new sports car but they will be showcasing two new concept cars. One of them will preview Mazda’s next-generation design themes, while the other will give a glimpse into their next-generation technologies as well as the next-generation Mazda 3 hatchback.
The theme for this edition of Tokyo Motor Show is ‘Beyond The Motor’, which the organisers wanting TMS “to become an event that focuses on the broadly extended functional value and enjoyment of automobiles, attracting and integrating globally leading-edge knowledge and transcending industry borders to spawn new innovation and business.”