The Tokyo Auto Salon, a pleasant auto present that typically exhibits off the very best and funkiest Japan has to supply, goes digital this 12 months, identical to SEMA and different current exhibits that weren’t outright canceled because of the world pandemic. Honda’s come by with a few intriguing and lovable ideas that add some perspective to the tiny Match and N-Van.
The Fit you see right here is the latest-generation automobile, now obtainable as a hybrid (e:HEV) biased strongly in direction of pure electrical drive modes. This one known as the 2022 Match e:HEV Crosstar Customized, and it takes the Fit’s outdoorsy Crosstar trim level to a logical excessive. It builds on the primary styling parts of the Crosstar—a blacked-out roof and pillars, roof rails, a smidge extra journey peak, and water resistant seat materials—and provides a daring strip of cladding to the center of the doorways, metal wheels, Toyota all-terrain tires, a Yakima roof rack, and Honda E-inspired lamps within the decrease fascia. It is partly impressed by the retro Honda CT125 Hunter Cub bike, too. It is nonetheless probably not a crossover, however it certain appears to be like enjoyable.
In the meantime, the N-Van Customized “third Place”—we do not perceive what the title’s about, however possibly it makes extra sense within the authentic Japanese—is an lovable little cell cafe. The exceptional area effectivity of kei automobiles just like the N-Van is absolutely on show. There’s even a cute little striped awning. The metal-effect end offers it an industrial design look, like an Airstream trailer transformed for catering use or maybe an iconic Moka pot, and the black metal wheels add to its classic vibe. The clearance lights above the windshield are cool, however we doubt this factor is as large because the FORD script within the grille of an F-150 Raptor, in order that they’re additionally a little bit of amusing.
Honda will drop extra particulars and pictures of those two ideas once they’re formally revealed on January 15th, and we’re hoping they will have some surprises for us, too. Till then, you possibly can fantasize about seeing these in individual on the Tokyo Auto Salon in some alternate universe.