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What’s the Hype About the Lexus LF-30?

The Lexus LF-30 electric vehicle was one of the standouts at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept car features a radical design and powerful output.

The LF-30 is Lexus’ entry to the EV bandwagon as more stringent laws for automakers are being passed by their major markets such as Europe and China. They are gradually shifting to electrify most of their vehicles to cut back carbon emissions and please government rule-making bodies.

The LF-30 is powered by four electric motors that produce a total of 536 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The motors are fed by a floor-mounted 110 kWh battery pack positioned at the center of the car to keep its center of gravity balanced and to offer better handling.

On paper, the concept car can go from 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Meanwhile, it can clock up to 124 mph in terms of max speed.

At full charge, the LF-30 has an electric range of 311 miles based on the WLTP cycle. This can be juiced using at 150 kW even without a plug-in charger as the car is also capable of wireless charging.

Outside, the Lexus EV boasts a futuristic design with its bullet-like form, huge gullwing doors and glass roof that flawlessly runs from front to rear. The same theme can be said about its interior design. The LF-30 has front passenger seats inspired by those of a first-class airliner. Then it has gesture controls, and the glass roof doubles as a SkyGate display with augmented reality features. The thing that makes it truly innovative though is the Lexus Airporter that offers drone technology support in carrying the user’s luggage going to the auto’s cargo bay.

For those who are eagerly anticipating the production version of the Lexus LF-30, well, we have bad news for you all. The car will not be rolling out from Lexus dealerships at least until 2030.

5 Important Things You Need to Know About the New Honda Jazz

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The production of the fourth-generation Honda Jazz (or Honda Fit in the US) is underway. Unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the popular hatchback is sporting a lot of changes in and out plus it is debuting a crossover version.

The key specifications of the 2020 Honda Jazz are still under wraps but here are the things we have uncovered about it so far:

1. Hybrid Powertrain

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In compliance with the electrification reforms in Europe’s transportation sector, the Jazz is adopting Honda’s e:HEV two-motor hybrid system as a standard feature. It is rumored that the company is also going in the same direction for its new Accord model.

Currently, the Jazz is equipped with either a 1.3-liter engine with 100 hp and a 1.5-liter power unit with 128 hp. The latter is the only engine type available in the US market. It is not clear yet whether the Japanese automaker will keep the two engines within the new hybrid Jazz.

2. New Version

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Recognizing the strong demand for crossovers, Honda is offering a new variant of the Jazz called the Crosstar. Quoting Honda, the Jazz Crosstar is “designed to appeal to those seeking a more crossover-style design.”

Aside from the higher ground clearance compared with the standard Jazz, the Crosstar will be sporting a different front grille styling, roof rails, and for some reason, a water-resistant upholstery in its interior.

3. Better Driving Experience

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Honda improves the road visibility for its driver by making the A-pillar of the Jazz thinner. Basically, this has been cut in half to reduce the blind spot of the driver.

4. More User-Friendly

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The interior of the new Jazz looks clean. The alignment of the buttons, knobs, and air vents appear organized. There’s also the simplified design of its multi-function steering wheel. It is interesting to note too that the infotainment system of the vehicle is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, it has a new tablet-style LCD touchscreen on the central console.

5. Arrival

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The new Honda Jazz is expected to come out in the European market by mid-2020. The pricing of the unit is yet to be announced.

A Closer Look at the Nissan Ariya Concept Car

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The Nissan Ariya concept car was just unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. From the looks of it, the electric vehicle could serve as a blueprint for the successor of the Nissan Leaf.

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The Ariya shows many similarities with the Leaf EV particularly its overall shape, front grille layout, and body indentations. For a concept car, the EV is quite conservative on its outside appearance, which makes it practical and not too gimmicky unlike many of its counterparts from other brands.

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The Ariya is poised to be marketed as a crossover sport utility vehicle. There seems to be quite a resemblance between the Jaguar I-Pace and the Nissan concept. However, the Japanese carmaker raises the stakes with its two-tone look and narrow slits housing the headlamps.

Nissan didn’t discuss much the technical specifications of the auto but they did reveal that it will be powered by twin electric motors. The setup will be partnered with an all-wheel-drive system.

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The interior design of the Ariya is also clean and simple-looking. Only a handful of physical buttons can be found there, and there is only one knob that manages the EV’s infotainment system and display settings. The rest of the controls are seamlessly embedded on the dashboard in the form of touch-sensitive icons.

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The Ariya boasts smart features as well, thanks to Nissan’s advanced ProPilot driver assistance system. Among its notable features include the capability of the EV to automatically detect the driver’s smartphone. From there, it adjusts the settings of the car based on the preset configuration made by the user.

There’s no info yet about the unveiling of the EV’s production version, but based on its very feasible design and features, it might not be that long.

7 Important Stuff About the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was just unveiled. Let us take a look at the features, photos and other important stuff about the new sport utility vehicle of the giant Japanese automaker here.

1. Model Year

The new SUV will be carrying a 2018 model year.

2. Design

The Eclipse Cross features a sportier and more stylish appearance compared to the other SUVs of Mitsubishi. The auto borrows many elements found in the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013.

The front grille and headlamp layout of the Eclipse Cross also remind us of the ones found on the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution. It should be noted that car was featured in the virtual world of the Gran Turismo 6 video game released in 2013 for the Playstation 3. It was said to be an extension of the XR-PHEV concept.

The interior of the SUV showcases black leather surfaces matched with silver accents highlighting its important elements plus red stitching on the seats. A central display can be found in the middle of the dashboard with tablet-like design. The automaker claimed too that the rear seats of the vehicle offer a 60:40 split.

3. Engine

Two options are available for the powertrains of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One is a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine and the other is a 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit. The engine is paired with a four-wheel drive system.

4. Position in Hierarchy

The Eclipse Cross will bridge the gap between Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport and the mid-size Outlander unit.

5. Debut

The debut of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is scheduled on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show.

6. Sale

The SUV is expected to hit Mitsubishi showrooms in the early part of 2018. Its market release in the US will probably come at a later date.

7. Photos

Check out the photos of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the gallery below:

Mitsubishi – Almost Ready with its Trio Concept

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi, after leaving all in awe with its vivacious concept of three all new green SUVs, is now materializing the ideas as the brand is ready to reveal the trio concept later this month in the Tokyo Motor Show 2013. While the firm remained silent and unseen at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, the Tokyo Motor Show this month is going to be an emphatic comeback for Mitsubishi. The company takes pride in its already hit line of SUVs with models like the 2014 Outlander and Mirage in its hands, yet hasn’t been much in the limelight recently. However, Mitsubishi managed to turn heads as soon as the trio concept of the green SUVs was announced and the surge of excitement surely created a great deal of possibility to spark things up for the automaker.

First up in the new series is the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV or the “Grand Cruiser”. The next generation SUV is big or rather grand, as the name suggests. The GC-PHEV concept sports a plug-in hybrid electric system. Also, the Mitsubishi Grand Cruiser concept is anticipated to be a foretaste to the all new Mitsubishi Pajero that is all ready to set its best wheel forward in the limelight next year which will be almost 15 years after the current Pajero debuted in 1999. Second up is the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV also called as the Cross (X) over runner that is again a next generation compact utility vehicle and is going to be powered by a “lightweight and super efficient” plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mitsubishi claims that this cross runner will offer the driver with “agile driving dynamics and sport-coupe like styling” and might be a preview to the second generation ASX crossover that is expected soon. Finally, the new series culminates with the Mitsubishi Concept AR or “Active Runabout”. The SUV concept suggests a future generation vehicle that is compact yet doesn’t limit its usability to one purpose. The multipurpose vehicle is a potent preview of an all new Grandis. The Mitsubishi AR is to be powered by a turbocharged small-capacity direct injection engine.

While there was not any official or complete disclosure of the three vehicles but the teaser images that were released revealed a new design approach of the brand. The new SUV concepts from Mitsubishi boast bold emphatic grilles and sweeping lines. Also, the new designs are to feature Mitsubishi’s newest safety features and driver support technologies that operate on mobile network connectivity. Mitsubishi adds that the new trio series concept emphasizes on the brands pursuit of “environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, off road performance and safety” for its coming generation of passenger vehicles.

Mitsubishi has come up with an impressive series of concepts for its new hybrid and green SUVs. Be it the full sized Grand Cruiser with all terrain driving capabilities or the Crossover Runner with amazing fuel efficiency and dexterous driving skills or the Active Runabout concept which combines the practicality of an SUV with the interior space and mobility of an MPV, the brand has left no stones unturned to offer a line of SUVs to please all kinds of car lovers and can prove to be a total game changer in the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

 

Mitsubishi’s Car Trio at Tokyo Motor Show

Mitsubishi, the Japanese automaker has left all in awe with its big and bold step of announcing the revelation of its new green SUVs at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Yes! SUV’s’! Though the company didn’t make any appearance at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Mitsubishi is to reveal a new series of three green and hybrid SUV concepts at the much awaited Tokyo Motor Show. The brand still owns an amazing line of SUVs with models like the 2014 Outlander and Mirage in its bag, yet hasn’t been much of a newsmaker recently. However, the revelation of the trio concept of the green SUV’s in the Tokyo Motor Show, which has already made much news, has surely created a great deal of possibility to spark things up for the automaker.

First up in the new series is the Mitsubishi Concept AR or “Active Runabout”. The SUV concept suggests a future generation vehicle that is compact yet doesn’t limit its usability to one purpose. The multipurpose vehicle is a potent preview of an all new Grandis. The Mitsubishi AR is to be powered by a turbocharged small-capacity direct injection engine. Next is the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV or the Cross (X) over runner which is again a next generation compact utility vehicle and will be powered by a “lightweight and super efficient” plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The brand claims that this cross runner will present the driver with “agile driving dynamics and sport-coupe like styling” and might be a preview to the second generation ASX crossover that is expected soon. And finally, the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV or the “Grand Cruiser” is a next generation SUV which is big or rather grand, as the name suggests. This SUV concept sports a plug-in hybrid electric system. Also, the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV concept will be a foretaste to the all new Mitsubishi Pajero that is all set to release next year which would be almost 15 years after the current Pajero debuted in 1999.

There hasn’t been any official or complete disclosure of the three vehicles but the teaser images that were released reveal a new design approach of the brand. The new SUV concepts from Mitsubishi boast bold emphatic grilles and sweeping lines. Also, the new designs are to feature Mitsubishi’s newest safety features and driver support technologies that operate on mobile network connectivity. Mitsubishi adds that the new trio series concept emphasizes on the brands pursuit of “environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, off road performance and safety” for its coming generation of passenger vehicles.

Mitsubishi has come up with an impressive series of concepts for its new hybrid and green SUVs. Be it the full sized Grand Cruiser with all terrain driving capabilities or the Crossover Runner with amazing fuel efficiency and dexterous driving skills or the Active Runabout concept which combines the practicality of an SUV with the interior space and mobility of an MPV, the brand has left no stones unturned to offer a line of SUVs to please all kinds of car lovers and can prove to be a total game changer in the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

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