2019 Tokyo Auto Salon Archive

  • TAS 2019: Toyota Hilux Black Rally Edition previewed

    As promised, Toyota has put the Hilux Black Rally Edition on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019. The model was conceived to celebrate the pick-up truck’s participation in the Asia Cross Country Rally, and it’s fitted with a range of TRD parts for a more sporty appearance.

    To refresh your memory, the Hilux Black Rally Edition sports a unique front bumper, grille, red fog lamp surrounds, as well as a TRD-branded skid plate at the front. In other areas, there are black plastic wheel arch fenders, sportier wheels, a sports bar, side decals, mud flaps, and twin mufflers.

    It sits on a new set of 17-inch blacked-out wheels, shod with regular tyres instead of off-road specific units. Mechanically, no upgrades have been made – the 2GD-FTV 2.4 litre turbodiesel engine soldiers on, producing 148 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed Super ECT automatic, and the standard Eco and Power drive modes remain.

    We weren’t allowed access to the car’s cabin, but the brochure reveals an upgraded JBL sound system, along with minor TRD accessories such as a leather-wrapped gear knob, new door cards, new fuel cap and sun blinds.

    As for the regular Hilux, the TRD division has created a new honeycomb mesh grille, which can be supplemented by a front bumper cover, red skid plate, side steps, sports bar and TRD decals for a more rugged look. Would you consider getting this? Let us know your thoughts, below.

  • TAS 2019: Impul X-Trail T32 flaunts brand new aero kit

    Since the T32 Nissan X-Trail broke cover in late 2014, we’ve seen many design iterations of the popular seven-seater SUV, one of which was by Impul, in fact. However, it’s been three years since Impul last laid hands on the SUV, and the aftermarket tuner has taken to the Tokyo Auto Salon to reveal its latest creation.

    Based on the X-Trail facelift, the Impul X-Trail T32 is essentially a dressed-up version of the SUV. This Brilliant White Pearl unit gets the full works – new front grille, super aggressive front and rear aprons, lower front lip, rear diffuser, as well as a raised rear spoiler. You can also have the front Impul badge with blue accents, if you see fit.

    For wheels, there’s the six-spoke Impul Racing Line GT-06 unit that’s available in three colourway (matt black, sparkle silver and gunmetal), with sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches. If multispoke is more your thing, then the Impul Aura SX-50 may tickle your fancy.

    Other accessories include custom Impul steering wheel, Impul-badged floor mat, Impul exterior side decals, Impul number plate bolts, and Impul carbon-printed silicon key fob sleeve. There’s also a 650/550 Hz Sports Horn which Impul claims to “offer a European tone similar to that of a Ferrari.” Like what you see?

  • TAS 2019: Honda Civic Versatilist – Civic SUV, anyone?

    As you all know by now, SUVs are all the rage these days, and every carmaker worth its salt is getting in on the fun. Honda itself has two strong-selling models in the segment – the B-segment HR-V and the larger, more practical CR-V. But what if you wanted something more, you know, car-like? The company’s accessories division, Access, may have something to say about that with the Honda Civic Versatilist concept.

    Presented at the Tokyo Auto Salon over the weekend, the Versatilist takes a standard Civic Hatchback and dresses it up with grey body cladding that makes it mildly reminiscent of the Subaru XV – a jacked-up Impreza in the same vein, let’s not forget. The cutouts in the wheel arch extensions, for example, are carbon copies of the ones you’ll find on the Pleiades-badged car.

    Also reminiscent of the XV is the way the front moulding reaches up into the redesigned bumper, which features large round fog lights and a wider centre air intake. The rear bumper has also been restyled and incorporates a slim central tailpipe instead of the usual pair of round exhaust exits.

    Capping it all off are 18-inch alloy wheels from the HR-V RS, a fin-shaped door appliqué and a matte grey finish on the grille garnish and door mirrors to match the rest of the car. Inside, you’ll find white part-leather, part-fabric upholstery that is not found in the standard palette and is pleasing to the eye.

    The Versatilist is a concept for now, but seeing as it’s been built by an in-house accessories maker, perhaps you might see a similar kit on dealer shelves in the future. Would you want to dress your Civic up like this? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.

  • TAS 2019: Honda Civic Type R HKS FK380R – 380 PS!

    Among the dozens of modified FK8 Honda Civic Type R displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019, this black unit by famous Japanese tuner HKS is easily one of the finest. There’s little in the way of aesthetic mods with this HKS FK380R. Instead, the tuning firm put emphasis on performance, and the FK380R features a multitude of mechanical upgrades.

    Much like its name, the HKS FK380R packs 380 PS and 510 Nm of torque from its K20C 2.0 litre VTEC turbo engine that originally made 320 PS and 400 Nm. According to the info board on display, the figure was achieved using the same factory-fitted turbine.

    For the 380 PS tune, HKS has fitted its Legamax Premium exhaust system, featuring one large exhaust exit which replace the standard asymmetrical trio. In the engine bay, there’s a new HKS carbon-fibre cold air intake system, a brand new Racing Suction system with a red open pod performance air filter, as well as a Super SQV4 blow-off valve.

    The ECU has been flashed, and cooling aids come in the form of a large intercooler kit with new oil coolant. Nothing on its transmission has been mentioned, so it’s likely that the standard six-speed manual (with LSD) has been left untouched.

    With more power delivered to the front wheels, it only makes sense to upgrade the brakes as well. For this, HKS fitted new front rotors and calipers by Endless, whereas the rear simply gets Endless brake pads.

    For suspension, the stock units have been replaced by HKS Hipermax IV SP, and the fitment of Suspension Error Canceller SEC Type H help negate electronic issues relating to the Civic Type R’s original adaptive suspension. A set of 18-inch forged Advan Racing RS DF wrapped with Yokohama Advan AD52 (265/35R18) rubbers complete the Stage 1 package.

    If having 380 PS and 510 Nm is not enough to keep you sated, well, HKS is also working on a 430 PS Stage 2 version, as well as a mind-numbing 600 PS Stage 3 kit. The former sports a new Sport Turbine kit – currently in development – to go with a new racing muffler and ECU reflash.

    The Stage 3 mod comprise of a completely reworked turbine kit, ECU reflash, additional injector controller kit, and upgraded pistons and connecting rods. Apparently, the transmission will also be beefed up, possibly by way of a high-performance clutch. So, FK8R owners, how do you like this?

  • TAS 2019: Toyota Mark X GRMN returns – 318 PS 3.5L NA V6, six-speed manual, limited to 350 units

    Four years ago, Toyota introduced a performance version of its Mark X sedan, called the GRMN. Short for Gazoo Racing Masters of Nürburgring, it paired a 3.5 litre naturally-aspirated V6 with a six-speed manual gearbox – the only variant to do so – and rear-wheel drive, and as it was limited to just 100 units in its home market of Japan, it sold out pretty quickly.

    Those of you who missed out on the initial run, fret not, as the Mark X GRMN is back. There’s a larger allocation this time around, but with just 350 units available, you’ll still have to act fast to snag one. The recipe remains largely the same, so the 2GR-FSE direct-injected mill continues to churn out the same 318 PS at 6,400 rpm and 380 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm – figures that are identical to the standard Mark X.

    The row-your-own ‘box is still unique to the GRMN, and what’s more, the company has retuned the engine and transmission and revised the gearing of the Torsen limited-slip rear differential for a more pleasurable shifting experience. The body has also been strengthened with 252 extra spot welds, which were performed at the Motomachi plant that has also built the Lexus LFA and LC sports cars.

    To take full advantage of this, the GRMN gets a revamped electric power steering system, new dampers and revised suspension tuning. All this is wrapped in a more aggressive exterior, dominated by a massive front grille that will get those in front to move out of the way when they see this thing in their rear-view mirror.

    You’ll also get a small bootlid spoiler, quad exhaust pipes, gloss black door mirrors and handles and dark chrome highlights at the front and rear, while the gorgeous 19-inch forged BBS alloy wheels hide larger brake discs that measure 18 inches at the front, clamped by silver GR-branded four-piston callipers. An optional carbon fibre roof shaves 10 kg off the cars weight.

    Inside, there are bucket seats wrapped in Ultrasuede upholstery, a smaller three-spoke steering wheel, a redesigned instrument cluster and fake carbon fibre trim, not to mention the three aluminium pedals. Want to snag one of the 350 units? You’ll have to prepare to fork out 5.13 million yen (RM194,200) for one, plus another 270,000 yen (RM10,200) for the carbon roof.

  • TAS 2019: Suzuki Jimny Sierra Pick-up Style concept

    Suzuki has introduced the new Jimny Sierra Pick-up Style concept at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, and while an exciting prospect, the Japanese carmaker has no plans to put such a variant into production.

    That’s really a shame because just look at it! What the company has done is take a regular Jimny, rip out the rear seats, and remove parts of the roof for the bed. The end result is a Jimny ute, although its carrying capability is somewhat limited compared to a conventional pick-up.

    Aside from redesigning the body, the concept also gets other modifications to spruce it up further, including faux wood panels that bear the Jimny’s rhino symbol and a new grille that features honeycomb meshing.

    For added ruggedness, the Jimny ute also gets metal step plates, side steps, a roll hoop, a light bar, tow hooks and chunky tyres. The last item is paired with retro wheels with chrome hubcaps and a white finish, the latter also found on the vehicle’s roof.

    The Jimny concept represents a good blend of retro and modern styling influences, and we hope a tuning company gets to work to create one you can buy, even if Suzuki won’t.

  • TAS 2019: Daihatsu Copen GR Sport Concept revealed

    The new Daihatsu Copen Coupe may be the one grabbing the attention with its cutesy retro lines, but it’s not the only variant of the little kei roadster being shown at the Tokyo Auto Show. Joining its hardtop brother on the Daihatsu stand is the Copen GR Sport Concept, which, as the name suggests, has been developed in partnership with Toyota Gazoo Racing and is a thinly-veiled preview of a production model.

    Apart from the smattering of GR badges found all around the car, this particular Copen also wears the “Functional Matrix” front grille that we’ve seen on a number of Japan-only Toyota GR models, along with a large rear diffuser and 16-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.

    Inside, there are Recaro seats and a redesigned instrument cluster, and Daihatsu also claims that it has worked with TGR to tune the chassis and increase body rigidity.

    No mechanical changes were listed, but the standard Copen is powered by a 660 cc turbocharged three-cylinder as per kei car regulations, producing 64 PS at 6,400 rpm and 92 Nm of torque at 3,200 rpm. It is paired to either a CVT with a seven-speed function or a five-speed manual gearbox.

  • Daihatsu has a host of concepts for Tokyo Auto Salon

    Like it has done in years past, Daihatsu will again be heading to the Tokyo Auto Salon with a host of show cars all kitted for the occasion. The 2019 line-up for the event, which takes place next month at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, will include the Copen Coupe, which was announced earlier this week.

    The Coupe, which will be a limited edition run of 200 units, won’t be the only one Copen with the attention – a sported-up version of the soft-top Cero will also be on display, and the Cero Sports Premium Version firms up the presentation with contrasting bodystyling elements, including a chrome grille and sportier-looking alloys.

    The same approach finds its way on to the Boon Style Elegant, which also features plenty of shiny bits playing off the dark blue exterior. The automaker will also be presenting the Mira Tocot – which recently took home the Small Mobility award at the 2018-2019 Japan Car of the Year awards – in two styles.

    The first is the Tocot Active, which gets a new bumper with an enhanced grille cutout, a retro-styled roof rack and light beige wheels playing off a light teal-like paint scheme. The Tocot Elegant, meanwhile, offers a large chrome mesh grille, twin five-spoke alloys and a more sedate white exterior.

    The Move Canbus also makes the line-up, with a Hatsune Miku Limited Package being the prepped model. As its name suggests, the vehicle is a homage to the video game Vocaloid character, the exterior shade essentially mimicking the character’s hair colour. The retro feel continues with this one, from the styling of the roof rack to the design of the wheels.

    Next, the Thor Custom Premium, which fans of huge chromed grilles will absolutely adore for sure. The Hijet pick-up hasn’t been left out, its workman-like presentation snazzed up to hipster levels through the Jumbo California Construction Store and Marche concepts. Aside from these funky creations, the company is also bringing its restored 1968 Daihatsu P5 racer to the Tokyo Auto Salon

  • Suzuki announces Jimny, Swift Sport concepts for TAS

    With the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon coming soon, Suzuki has announced some of its exhibits that will be present at the show. Out of the three concepts that will be presented, two of them are based on the latest Jimny.

    The first is a rather exciting prospect as it is a Jimny that has been converted to a pick-up truck. Suzuki used a Jimny in Sierra trim to create the concept, which replaces the rear seats and parts of the cab for a shorted bed.

    It also features a gold paintjob, wood sides, a new grille, white roof, light bar and white wheels with chrome hubcaps. The company says the concept was designed for customers who require the convenience of a pickup for DIY stuff, adventuring, or other hobbies.

    As for the other concept, the Jimny Survive concept preserves the bodywork of the small off-roader but adds on plenty of adventuring gear. New metal bumpers replace the originals ones and give better approach and departure angles, as a start.

    Also present is an external rollover cage, a winch, additional metal plating, new wheels and deployable off-road ramps.

    Meanwhile, the third concept comes in the form of the Swift Sport Yellow Rev, which comes with a special colour loosely translated from Japanese to ‘High Chroma Yellow Pearl’ – the colour of Suzuki Sport. The show car receives some custom decals and a black roof as well.

  • Mitsubishi Delica D:5 gets all rugged for 2019 TAS

    The Mitsubishi Delica D:5, which made its debut in Japan last month, is heading to the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon in kitted up form. The show car is based on the Urban Gear variant that was announced at the point of introduction.

    Here, add-on equipment is led by blackened front/rear bumpers and lower side panels. A heavy-duty roof carrier has also been strapped on, and this one comes equipped with LED lighting to provide additional front illumination. The TAS display prototype also features side/rear guard bars and red mudflaps to provide some eye-catching contrast. Rounding off the exterior styling enhancements are a rear spoiler, door visors and Delica lettering on the front bonnet.

    The new Delica is powered by the automaker’s 2.2 litre DI-D turbodiesel, which offers 170 hp and 392 Nm of torque. The driveline offers three modes – 2WD, 4WD and Lock, and power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic.

    No mention of interior tweaks, so there shouldn’t be any discenible changes to the cabin, which seats six in a three-row individual chair configuration. Interior equipment should be bumped up as a result of the Urban Gear trim level – available kit for the variant includes a powered tailgate, leather seats and electric front seat adjustment.

    GALLERY: Mitsubishi Delica D:5


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