Tokyo Motor Show 2013 review
Round-up of all the news from the Tokyo Motor Show 2013
The Tokyo Motor Show 2013 is one of the largest and most important shows in the automotive calendar, featuring a host of reveals and debuts from many big manufacturers. We're reporting live from the show right now - here's our round-up of all the action.
The Tokyo Motor Show comes in tandem with the equally important LA Motor Show. Some very significant cars have made their debuts at both shows at the same time, including the Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Type Coupe, and the all-new MINI 2014.
Two versions of a new Daihatsu Copen concept are on show in Tokyo, a conventional roadster and an SUV-inspired model, denoted by its rugged body cladding. Both are called Kopen and are powered by a 660cc three-cylinder engine - they measure in at 145mm shorter than a Volkswagen up!. Daihatsu recently pulled out of European markets due to poor sales but the Japanese manufacture is hoping a concept of the revived Daihatsu Copen roadster at the Tokyo Motor Show will kickstart interest in the brand once again.
Jaguar has unveiled the F-Type Coupe at the LA and Tokyo shows, launching a new 542bhp flagship R in the process. The F-Type Coupe goes on sale in spring, priced from £51,235 – around £7,000 less than the soft-top and fractionally more than the Porsche Cayman S. Go for the F-Type R and you’ll pay £85,000
Honda S660, Honda small SUV, Honda NSX Concept
The Tokyo Motor Show 2013 hosts four vehicles for Honda, with the highlight being the new Honda S660 Concept, a spiritual successor to the agile Honda Beat from the 1960s. It’s powered by a 660cc three-cylinder engine mated to an automatic gearbox with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Plus, the Japanese manufacturer is showing off its attempt at a Nissan Juke rival, the Honda small SUV.
Once again the long-awaited Honda NSX is on display at the show, too. A plug-in version of the Honda Accord is also on show, boasting a claimed 138mpg. However, this model is unlikely to made available in the UK.
Lexus RC Coupe, Lexus LF-NX
The main attraction at the Lexus stand in Tokyo is the all-new RC Coupe. It’s the Japanese manufacturer's attempt at a BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 rival and its design takes inspiration from the LF-CC concept. It’s a very aggressive look, with the trademark wide spindle grille dominating the front end. It's a completely different design direction to both the 4 Series and A5 and should appeal to buyers looking for something a little more unique. A 450bhp V8 version is likely to go on sale in the UK first.
The Lexus LF-NX – first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – is also on display at Tokyo. It still has the same bulging and sharp exterior but under the bonnet is a new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which will make its way into a range of Lexus and Toyota models in the future.
MINI Cooper 2014
The new MINI 2014 made global debuts at both the LA and Tokyo Motor Show. Changes to the new model include new headlights and bumpers, but the biggest changes are hidden under the new body. Two new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engines will be available for the first time, with 134bhp in the Cooper and 114bhp in the Cooper D. An all-new 189bhp 2.0-litre engine will power the Cooper S and a tuned version of the same engine will be used in the John Cooper Works producing around 220bhp. The MINI will also be underpinned by BMW’s new lightweight UKL1 front-wheel drive platform.
Mitsubishi GC-PHEV, Mitsubishi XR-PHEV, Mitsubishi AR concepts
Three brand new concept cars are on the Mitsubishi stand at Tokyo, which all preview a new design direction for the brand. The trio is made up of the GC-PHEV (SUV), XR-PHEV (compact SUV) and the AR (compact MPV), with both PHEV concepts employing Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid system. The AR concept uses a downsized turbocharged engine and has a versatile interior able to seat seven people.
Nissan GT-R Nismo, BladeGlider, IDx
There have been vicious internet rumours for months about a Nismo tuned version of the GT-R, but those rumours can now be put to rest as the car has been officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013. Nissan's radical new electric sportscar, the BladeGlider, is also at Tokyo. Its design was inspired by the Deltawing Le Mans racer and the Japanese manufacturer has also hinted that the car could also make production. The Nissan IDx concept has also been revealed at the Tokyo show. It's a retro coupe that rivals the Toyota GT-86.
Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera Turbo S
The Porsche Macan could possibly be one of the most desirable cars for years to come for the average buyer, and the full reveal at the Tokyo and LA Motor Shows can only cement that. Porsche has also debuted the most powerful version of the Panamera, the Turbo S. Powered by a 562bhp 4.8-litre V8, the Turbo S has 49bhp more than the standard Turbo model but costs a whopping £131,049 – that’s almost £50,000 more than its main rivals the Audi RS7 and Mercedes CLS AMG.
Subaru Levorg concept, Subaru Sport Cross Design Concept
The new Subaru Sport Cross Design Concept has been revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, alongside the Subaru Levorg production car and the Viziv plug-in hybrid concept car.
Suzuki Crosshiker, Suzuki X-LANDER, Suzuki Hustler
Suzuki is the third manufacturer to unveil three new concepts at the Tokyo Motor show this year. First up is the Crosshiker, which previews a compact crossover – roughly the size of a city car buy with jacked up suspension. The X-Lander is a hybrid 4x4 but likely to remain a concept.
The Hustler is a new genre of car Suzuki is calling 'minicar'. It has SUV styling touches and a coupe version is also on show - but don't expect it to makes it way over to the UK.
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