Toyota has revealed three new concept cars that it will display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. One of these concepts embodies Toyota’s vision of a hydrogen-based society while the other two look to reaffirm the fundamental relationship between the car and driver. The three concepts are listed below.
This concept is pitched as an entry-level model and seeks to make a whole new generation fall in love with driving. It has all the pre-requisites for doing so; with the company stating that it has a lightweight body, 6-speed transmission and the classic front-engine rear-wheel drive format that should make it a fun-to-drive sports car. The 4-seat concept is 3,990 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,320 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,480 mm.
The S-FR has a long nose and a wide stance with a rounded look. The interior, says Toyota, stresses approachable simplicity and conveys the vehicle’s performance and sporty spirit.
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This is the concept that embodies Toyota’s vision of a hydrogen-based society. It is 3800 mm long, 1750 mm wide and 1540 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 3,000 mm. The exterior features a sleek, futuristic design that the company says, “conveys the vehicle’s advanced technology and outstanding environmental performance.”
The concept’s fuel cell stack that can be reused as an electricity generating device is mounted between the front tyres, while the hydrogen tank is placed behind the rear seat. All four wheels have their own in-wheel motors.
Toyota says that the Kikai was designed to explore and emphasize on the fundamental appeal of machines. The concept’s beauty lies in the fact that it makes an open display of the machinery that makes an automobile, and presents it as part of the exterior. The 3-seat concept is 3,400 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,450 mm.
The seats are put in a triangular layout with the driver seat placed centrally. There is a small window at the driver’s feet which shows the road passing beneath the vehicle and this coupled with the feedback from the tyres and suspension, provides a novel driving sensation, says Toyota. The company sums up the Kikai aptly by saying that, it reminds us the appeal of the physical and the tactile in a digital age.