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10 Brightest Debuts Of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

The 46th biennial Tokyo Motor Show will take place on October 24 – November 4, 2019. The domestic brands will present upcoming models and concept cars there.

This show is recognized to be an international automotive event (especially important for Japanese carmakers), one of the big five shows along with Detroit, Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris.

This year, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki, Subaru and Toyota will demonstrate their new products. Now a few words about what each brand has prepared for the show.

Honda

The next-generation 2020 Honda Jazz / Fit features a new rugged appearance with more prominent exterior details coming in line with Honda’s current design language.

It will be available only with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain similar to i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) set in the CR-V. The car goes on sale early next year.

2020 Jazz (Honda Fit) photo

Lexus

Lexus will show its first electric city car in a concept form. A tall roof provides a decent cabin space. There are infotainment screens on every side of the steering wheel.

The model features advanced in-wheel electric motors. Some parts of the car will go into production in the coming years.

Lexus EV Concept photo

Mazda

Mazda will unveil its first battery-electric production-ready vehicle (2020 Mazda-EV) in Tokyo.

It will be a SUV using a powertrain similar to the e-TPV prototype, with a 140-hp electric motor mounted in front, a 35.5-kWh battery pack, a single-speed transmission and Mazda’s Wankel rotary engine.

Expect the driving range between 120-150 miles (193-241 km).

2020 Mazda-EV image

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi will reveal two concepts at the Tokyo show.

The first is the Mitsubishi MI-TECH Concept. It is an open-top 2-seater SUV inspired by the Mazda MX-5 RF. The vehicle features a plug-in hybrid powertrain, that is smaller and lighter than the one used in the current Outlander, with an eye on future electrification of compact models like the Eclipse Cross.

The powertrain comprises a gas-turbine generator and an all-electric four-wheel-drive system. It (not the car itself) should reach showrooms in the coming years.

Mitsubishi MI-TECH concept photo

The second is the Mitshubishi Super Height K-Wagon Concept. The automaker designed this SUV-inspired compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) to meet strict Kei car regulations in Japan.

A 64-hp t660cc 3-cylinder turbo gasoline (petrol) engine will likely power the model. The concept previews Mitsubishi’s latest MI-PILOT active driver assist technology. 

Mitshubishi Super Height K-Wagon Concept image

Nissan

Nissan plans to unveil the IMk Concept. This boxy Key car previews the brand’s new design language. The 5-door MPV sits on an all-new EV platform and uses Nissan‘s Intelligent Mobility program meaning a lounge-style interior and lack of physical controls.

Nissan IMk concept image

Subaru

The next-gen 2020 Subaru Levorg wagon will also make its public debut in Tokyo in the end of this month. Expect more up-to-date design and electronic driving addings, including expanded EyeSight suite of driver assistance systems.

2020 Subaru Levorg photo
2020 Subaru Levorg front three quarter portrait
2020 Subaru Levorg teaser

Suzuki

Suzuki will introduce two retro-styled concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019.

The brand makes focus on mobility and personality. It intends to offer cars for families to “share fun and excitement”.

The first is the Suzuki Waku coupe inspired by the Fronte 360 from 1967. This is an A-segment plug-in hybrid vehicle. Its design elements can be swapped out in accordance with what a customer prefers.

Suzuki Waku photo

The second is a kind of autonomous shuttle, fully customizable, called the Suzuki Hanare. The company borrows its exterior design from the 4th-generation 1969 Suzuki Carry.

Suzuki Hanare photo

Toyota

The second-generation Toyota GT86 will debut as a close-to-production concept, according to insiders. The coupe will enter the market in late 2020, along with the new Subaru BRZ.

Both models will differ by their look, but are identical under the skin. It’s about a new naturally-aspirated version of Subaru’s 2.4-liter Boxer turbo engine.

2020 Toyota GT86 image

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