2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Part IV Page 2

October 19, 2005

 

Toyota Fine-X

 

2005 Toyota Fine-X concept

2005 Toyota Fine-X concept

Enlarge Photo
Fuel-cell vehicles and minivans are staples of the auto show circuit — put them together and you’ll likely have something like Toyota’s Fine-X, a concept fuel-cell people-mover with a unique four-wheel independent drive system that allows each wheel to nearly completely rotate. That, Toyota says, makes “U-turns easy and fun.” As if they aren’t already! The Fine-X also has an interior crafted from carbon-neutral materials that can be recycled with a minimum of CO2-induced guilt. And the most attractive aspect of the Fine-X is its hospitable interior, which is crafted around a four-passenger cockpit with front seats that power themselves out of the vehicle to “greet” passengers and grant them easier access, aided also by the gullwing doors. Toyotapromises a Camry-sized interior in compact-car dimensions — the same words they used to describe the Prius when it launched two years ago. Hmmm.

 

 

Toyota FSC

 

2005 Toyota FSC concept

2005 Toyota FSC concept

Enlarge Photo
It’s not a sedan, and not a minivan — and it’s not the Mazda5, despite the similarities with that vehicle. The Toyota FSC, or Flexible Saloon Concept, is a five-door vehicle smaller than conventionally-sized U.S.minivans but not quite as small as the likes of the Scion xB. The “Vibrant Clarity” design theme gives the FSC an elegant stance and a D-pillar reminiscent of the Lexus RX crossover. The concept’s tailgate has a two-way action; the lower portion slides up for access to the cargo area, or the whole tailgate can be lifted for more space. Barely acknowledged during the Toyota press conference, the FSC looks as if it really wants to be with its design siblings at Lexus — and suggests to us there’s room for a smaller-than-RX crossover in the upscale brand’s lineup.

 

 

 

 

Mitsubishi Outlander

 

2005 Mitsubishi Outlander

2005 Mitsubishi Outlander

Enlarge Photo
Wearing a new sheetmetal suit that’s infinitely more attractive than the last version, the new Mitsubishi Outlander bowed to Tokyo audiences two days after going on sale in its home market. The new Outlander arrives in the U.S. next year with the new look intact, and with confirmed four-cylinder power and a rumored V-6 option. The re-engineered vehicle grows a bit and adopts a new shape that’s reminiscent of the Pontiac Vibe, but the Outlander is now long enough to host a third-row seat, available optionally in Japanese-market vehicles. The standard powertrain is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT); the all-wheel-drive system has been integrated with stability control for additional safety. A Rockford Fosgate 650-watt audio system is on the options list. Though it wasn’t confirmed during the Mitsubishi press conference, a 250-hp V-6 should be available with the Outlander when it arrives in the U.S. by the middle of next year.
2017
The Car Connection
See the winners »
2017
The Car Connection
Commenting is closed for this article
 
Ratings and Reviews
Rate and review your car for The Car Connection
Review your car
The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.