With the Tokyo Motor Show opening its doors to the media for the first time today, Mazda will be using the opportunity to showcase its sexy two-seat Ibuki concept, while Subaru will reveal its beefy B9 Scrambler.

With the Tokyo Motor Show opening its doors to the media for the first time today, Mazda will be using the opportunity to showcase its sexy two-seat Ibuki concept, while Subaru will reveal its beefy B9 Scrambler.

Mazda Ibuki

The Ibuki concept (coming from the Japanese word meaning “breathing new energy into”) showcases Mazda’s efforts in design and technology to further refine the MX-5. Going back to the car’s origins with its simple lines and clean design, it hints towards the possible future of the MX-5.

The lamp and front intake shapes reflect the character of the original MX-5, while modern touches include a more structured body form, a frameless windscreen, and indicators integrated into the A-pillars. Oval themes are used throughout, including oval headlamps and mirrors.

Powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine, the Ibuki is built on the Mazda RX-8 platform. The air conditioner is located behind the seats with the vents moved off the instrument panel and into the seats at the back, neck, thigh and pelvis areas.

Subaru B9 Scrambler

Along with Subaru’s other offerings at the Tokyo Motor Show, the B9 Scrambler was developed under ex-Alfa Romeo designer Andreas Zapatinas, and his influence is visible in the dominant front grille, giving a strong indication of the new face of Subaru.

A squat two-seater, the scrambler combines motor-cycle agility with off-road competence thanks to symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and variable-height air suspension with automatic self-levelling and a ride-height range of between 150 and 200 mm.

The concept Scrambler is a hybrid roadster powered by a 2.0-litre boxer engine and an electric motor with maximum power of 136 hp which performs at speeds of up to 80 km/h.