For years now, Japan has always been one step ahead when it comes to pioneering innovation, autonomy and technology. This is evident in not only its consumer electronics but also in its automobiles. At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, we saw plenty of innovation in terms of self-driving cars.
To take it a step further, there were plenty of luxury concept cars on show as well. The likes of Lexus, Mitsubishi, and, Toyota, Nissan showed off its concepts, all of which took a more luxury approach than before. The many concept cars scattered across the convention hall tied in with the theme this year — ‘Open Future’.
This explains the futuristic aesthetics many carmakers have adopted this year for its concept pieces. As autonomous driving becomes increasingly common for the future of automobiles, so does the need for electric vehicles to greatly reduce carbon emissions.
Scroll down to check out the full list of all the luxury concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019.
This plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept SUV from Mitsubishi is one of the most unique concept cars ever seen on a showroom floor. The Mitsubishi MI-Tech is envisioned as an off-road buggy for the future without any doors or side windows. On the interior, it comes with a heads-up display utilising augmented reality technology and even a digital instrument cluster. Under the hood of the Mitsubishi MI-Tech lies a compact gas turbine engine-generator. It comes with a hybrid system that consists of an electric 4WD system alongside electric brake callipers.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will be a key component in the future of technology, especially in cars like the Toyota LQ concept. Not only is it designed to look exceedingly futuristic, but the Toyota LQ also comes with future tech like Level 4 autonomous self-driving. At the heart of the car lies Yui, an AI-powered assistant that is capable of learning a driver’s emotional and physical state over time. It builds a relationship with the driver by learning, responding, and adapting to individual preferences and needs.
Self-driving cars make up a big part in regards to the future of the automobile industry. The Suzuki Hanare does just that with Level 5 autonomous driving technology as well as built-in AI. While many concept cars on the showroom floor are luxurious and stylish, the Suzuki Hanare went for a more practical approach. This self-driving minibus sports a spacious interior complete with sofas, tables, and a large display screen. It doesn’t come with any steering wheel or a driver’s seat; the Suzuki Hanare can travel in any direction with its headlights doubling as tail lamps.
The Nissan Ariya is one of two concept cars showcased on the same stage with the Nissan IMk being the other half. While the latter is a Kei car, the former is a crossover SUV with an all-new electric car platform. Each wheel will feature its own motor and there are plenty of cameras and sensors around the car to assist in the ProPILOT 2.0 autonomous driving system. On the interior resides a single panoramic touchscreen display, acting as both an instrument cluster and infotainment system.
Lexus is all about elevated style and grandeur when it comes to its cars. The Lexus LF-30 encompasses all that and more, showcasing the future of design, technology, and innovation in Lexus’ electric car models. One of its biggest selling points would be its 500km all-electric powertrain range on a single charge. Another noteworthy feature would be the Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology, which regulates the power of the electric motor based on various situations.