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EV powertrain takes centrestage at Tokyo Motor Show 2019

In the wake of the Frankfurt Motor Show, manufacturers are gearing up for the next major automotive event; Tokyo Motor Show scheduled to kick off this year on Thursday, October 24.

Even though the Tokyo Motor Show is a month away, based on the models already reported to debut there, electrification is going to be a prominent theme throughout the event.

Already, a handful of Japanese car companies have been reported to debut new models at the show and all of them are coming with electric powertrains.

Last week Wednesday, Mitsubishi published a teaser image of a “downsized, lower-weight PHEV” SUV concept with an electric 4WD system that will make its debut at the show next month.

Mazda will be using the Tokyo Motor Show to debut the brand’s first ever fully electric production vehicle, which is expected to hit the market in 2020. The news was confirmed by a Mazda spokesperson last week but shared nothing more about the vehicle’s specs.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Nissan showed dealers in the US an upcoming electric compact crossover inspired by the IMx concept. The model will allegedly launch in the US in 2021.

Like Mitsubishi, Lexus will also be bringing an EV concept to show off in Tokyo next month. According to the company’s vice president Koji Sato who spoke with AutoCar in August, the model draws design inspiration from the LF-SA concept introduced back in 2015. All models will be unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show (if not before) which runs from October 24 to November 4.

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