Concept cars came alive at the ongoing Tokyo Auto Show dressed in unique designs, electric drivetrains, wireless charging and hi-tech conveniences to support the Japanese lifestyle.
The first fully electric vehicle by Mazda, the MX-30 has a 35.5-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. The car has small rear free-style doors and a sporty look. The vehicle has an open-feeling cabin interior and is made of environmentally friendly materials.
The second generation of the crossover SUV-styled kei car, the Suzuki Hustler has some style enhancements and has two concepts. With a rugged look, the first concept has front bash plates and blacked-out wheel arch extensions while the second one has roof rack and graphics among other things.
The all-electric SUV Nissan Ariya is based on the company car concepts — the Mx and IMQ.
The car has V-Motion grille with sharp headlight cluster with LED DRLs and headlamps. There is also a sloping roofline, sleek horizontal C-shaped LED tail lights and a sculpted bumper.
Positioned as the next-generation personal mobility concept, the MW-VISION uses Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) technology. It allows the vehicle to lean like a motorcycle through turns. Features include attitude control technology, reverse drive along with a cocoon-like vehicle body.
With a futuristic exterior, the Lexus LF-30 is set to give 100 kmph in just 3.8 seconds. The car has four electric motors and a 110-kWh battery pack in the floor to improve gravity and handling. Considered as a car for 2030, the company hopes that it will leap ahead for EVs and support wireless charging.
A small electric SUV which ticks all the right boxes, the Mi-Tech has a lighter plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) with pure-electric and series hybrid modes. The car also has a four-motor electric 4WD system that allows maximum torque to all the four wheels. With advanced driver assistance and active safety systems, this car of the future promises much more safety.
The vehicle is poised to help athletes move around the Olympic village at the Tokyo 2020 Games. With large doors and electric ramps, the e-Palette boasts of front and rear symmetry, a distinctive cube shape. It also has wheels at the four corners with expansive and comfortable interior space.
Daihatsu Tsumu Tsumu
A boxy mini-truck of the future, the Tsumu Tsumu has a spacious and convenient cabin layout. It comes with a variety of bed designs, including one that turns the bed into a launchpad for a large drone. The model also has a unique door opening design that makes entry and exit easier.