After all our bellyaching about how there was no Supra or Fairlady at the Tokyo Motor Show this year as many had expected, it appears that we spoke to soon! Upon examining our TMS materials more carefully, it turns out that Nissan did in fact bring a Fairlady, and we can’t believe no other media outlets have noticed.
Here she is, and by “she” we mean a virtual assistant named Miss Fairlady. She’s apparently an AI interface that helps you control some stuff in the car via a smartphone app. We can’t tell; the URL given redirects to a page that doesn’t appear as if it’s been updated since 2016. We can’t download the app either because it’s not available in the US. Anyway, she falls under the umbrella of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” as demonstrated by the concept Nissan showcased, the IMx:
Check it out, it’s a suicide-doored, angry-faced, all-electric AWD “sporty” crossover! If that doesn’t get your blood flowing, the Nissan IMx is also autonomous, so you won’t even have to think about driving it. However, there’s a manual mode, and you will definitely want to use it because — and this is actual text from the press release — “with a low center of gravity, the chassis delivers sharp handling that promises to redefine the crossover segment.” Imagine that, a crossover with a low CoG. It’s almost as if it’s a car!
Its dual electric motors mounted front and rear promise 516 foot-pounds of instant torque, but since it’s a concept that number could be anything. Despite the similar name, try not to confuse it with the IDx. At least Nissan’s corporate partner Mitsubishi, which had a booth right next door, brought back the next Evolution:
Check it out, it’s a suicide-doored, angry-faced, all-electric AWD “sporty” crossover! It’s called the e-Evolution and it, too, is autonomous. Mitsubishi says there’s an AI that senses that adjusts performance to road conditions and driver skill, and has a coaching function to improve your wheelmanship. That sounds, um, fun? Mitsubishi didn’t give its AI a clever name. Maybe they could call it Celeste.
The e-Evo has three electric motors and some kind of fancy torque vectoring system. Mitsubishi didn’t provide power and torque figures… What’s that you say? We got the photos mixed up? Oh well, who can tell them apart anyway?