Nissan has unveiled a high-riding, high-powered ute in the US with cues from the Ford Ranger Raptor.
However, it’s just motor show tease for now as Nissan's star of the 2019 SEMA auto exhibition.
The Nissan Frontier is the equivalent to the Nissan Navara in the US, selling alongside the full-size Nissan Titan pick-up.
For the auto show concept, Nissan swapped out the 4.0-litre V6 and replaced it with a 5.6-litre V8 found in the Nissan Titan – and our Nissan Patrol.
Industry followers know the endless talk of autonomous vans and electric ride-share services taking over congested cities in place of conventional cars.
Clearly self-proclaimed 'mobility provider' Toyota does as well, since one of the gems at its Tokyo motor show stand — called a ‘theme park’, bereft of any production cars and instead filled with ride-sharing pods, robots, and virtual reality tech — was a topless single-seater called the e-Racer (above).
The Nissan Cube might be a cult hit in Australia thanks to thousands of ‘grey import’ used cars across the country, but that’s not enough to convince the Japanese giant to import the box-shaped hatchback as a brand-new model for local showrooms.
The Nissan Cube will remain a Japan-only car because the cost of bringing the tiny vehicle up to Australian and European safety standards has been deemed prohibitively expensive.
Mitsubishi has revealed its latest concept car in Tokyo, the Mi-Tech Concept, with an plug-in hybrid powertrain and a beach-buggy body.
Built as a "small plug-in hybrid electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure", the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain blending a gas turbine with an electric motor.
The turbine can be powered by diesel, kerosene, or alcohol (if you're feeling wasteful), and has a "powerful output for its size and weight".
Honda has taken the wraps from its next-generation Jazz at the Tokyo motor show, with a new hybrid powertrain and standard autonomous emergency braking across the entire Japanese range.
UPDATE October 23, 3:30pm: Although it hasn't confirmed what the engine will be, and makes no mention of it in the press materials, Honda has said a petrol engine will also be offered for the new Jazz line-up. Our headline and copy has been amended to reflect this change.