Mitsubishi's Mi-Tech concept is the best tiny turbine Tonka truck in Tokyo
The Mi-Tech PHEV concept debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show.The Mi-Tech concept has been designed as a "small plug-in hybrid electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind.
From anime to the All Blacks, a wide range of inspirations
Mitsubishi's little Super Height K-Wagon concept debuts in Tokyo, makes a big impression
This taller-than-average little van concept is already running rings around our hearts.The Mitsubishi Super Height K-Wagon concept, which debuted on Tuesday at the Tokyo Motor Show, is a look forward to how people might want to use Japan's legendary little kei-class vehicles. Unlike many other kei cars, the Super Height is, well, super-tall and benefits from slightly better-than-average ground clearance. That allows the Super Height to go further than most kei cars could dream.
with seven concepts, five based on production models getting early previews. This year's haul more than doubles to this year's , and it's obvious the company put more effort into all of them as well. The wildest among the five could be the Delica D:5 imagined by Japanese director, producer and writer Teruo Ito. With the idea to rework the Delica into the idea of embodying charm "like a dog or a member of a family," Ito threw out the van's rectangular headlights, working with designers to replace them with large round units inset like eyes. The anthropomorphic face is so important that the concept is apparently called the "D:5 eye," according to Google Translate. The van wears a "light army green" hue from its roof to its MLJ Daytona wheels, the interior done up in a olive tartan pattern.
Mitsubishi Mi-Tech turbine-PHEV buggy blows the doors off our dreams
Too bad there's almost no chance of a production modelFrom the outside, the Mi-Tech impresses with blocky lines and fat fender flares. But its star feature is the fact that it has no roof and no doors. The only thing that comes close is the pair of cowls behind the seats. The inside has a spare design with a body-color dash and cutouts for vents. It does have modern cues such as the piano-key buttons and fullscreen heads-up display.
Right behind it in the "Look at me!" stakes is the eK Cross Wild Beast Concept, a contrast to the "Cute Beast" that is the standard eK kei car. Drenched in yellow, with gray X graphics, a contrasting black roof and tailgate, black cladding, mud flaps, chunky rocker panels, roof rack and basket, and all-terrain tires, this one is meant to evoke a "playful outdoor image." In case the striking livery doesn't convey the message, the command to "Play the Nature" appears on the hood, roof rack and fuel filler cap. Inside, all-weather floor mats and a load bay mat stand ready to protect the interior from mud. Or Play-Doh.
ThePHEV NERV is the widest combination of real and imaginary usefulness. Re: the latter, NERV is the fictional Japanese paramilitary organization that battles creatures called Angels in the " Genesis Evangelion" anime. Warfare between the Evangelion units and the Angels tends to destroy a lot of animated real estate, hence the usefulness of a disaster relief vehicle like the PHEV, coordinated by the Gehirun Corporation that's also in the anime. For real-world service, designers installed a KYMETA u7 planar satellite antenna that can pick up signals from Perfect JSAT Corporation — a Japanese-based satellite television and Internet company, and the Asia-focused Michibiki emergency broadcast and service. The PHEV powertrain can be used to provide power in disaster areas, while the Crimson Lycan wheels in Toyo Open Country tires are just for looking good.
Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Is an Electric Buggy on Steroids at the Tokyo Motor Show
Brand also shows tall kei wagonThe fantastical back of the SUV has four fans positioned up high, part of the unique powertrain that foregoes a regular piston engine for a gas turbine that will drink most liquids, including alcohol, diesel, and kerosene. The turbine acts as a generator to charge the batteries that power four motors—one per wheel—for four-wheel-drive traction off-road when one wheel is spinning in the air.
The best near-production possibility is theWeekend Explore, dressed in light overland spec with a funky suspension by Air Force Japan that can be raised and lowered remotely, via a smartphone app and remote control. Rays provided a set of slick Team Daytona M9 wheels, shod in more Toyo Open Country tires. To help drivers use the Weekend Explore's potential, a web portal provides ideas about where to go and and what do, while Weathernews provides climate info that feeds three navigation skins, "Natural seascape," "Classic superb view," and "Reiwa sunrise," Reiwa being the official name for Japan's present Imperial era that commenced on May 1, 2019.
Finally, in the already-produced category, there's the Delica D:5 All Blacks. Japan hosted the Rugby World Cup this year, this van used as a support vehicle for New Zealand's globally famous national rugby team. Emerald Black Pearl Paint is set off by the All Blacks logo and fern leaf emblem in Eiger Gray Metallic, with black Advan Racing RZII wheels and Yokohama Geolander tires. The All Blacks could only manage third place this year, but Mitsubishi is a ride-or-die fan, offering an All Blacks package for retail buyers on the Delica D:5, Eclipse Cross, and Outlander PHEV, each purchase coming with a 3D sculpture of the chosen vehicle with the All Blacks logo inside a block of crystal.
originally appeared on on Mon, 30 Dec 2019
Nissan doubles up on Skyline concepts for 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon .
Skyline 400R Sprint concept goes hard, Skyline Deluxe Advanced concept goes softThe automaker's being demure regarding most details of the Skyline concepts. What we can make out so far on the 400R Sprint are the matte black hood, greenhouse, and sills sandwiching a matte white body with green highlights, a GT4-looking front splitter and front scoops, 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in tires with green sidewalls, and a rear wing pulled from a GT-R Nismo. Engine specs will be revealed at the show, but Nissan pledges "overwhelming engine output and the driving potential pursued to the limit." Well OK, then.