Toyota Showcases New Concept Car

Filed in Automobile by on March 8, 2017

Toyota has revealed its i-TRIL concept vehicle, a fully-electric city car, designed to showcase the future of mobility.

An online report by Auto Express on Tuesday said the Toyota i-TRIL, a Geneva Motor Show concept, was designed to demonstrate the thinking of the Japanese manufacturer on what the urban mobility would look like in the future.

It said, “The i-TRIL is a fully electric three-seater, with a one-plus-two layout. It features Toyota’s Active Lean technology, as seen on the previous i-Road show car, and is designed as an alternative to everything from city cars to small hatchbacks or even motorcycles.

“The concept is 3,000mm long – a full 60cm shorter than a VW up!, although the i-TRIL’s front track is just 1,200mm, or around 40cm less than the width of Volkswagen’s city car.”

Toyota said its vehicle’s seating configuration – with one occupant up front and two in the second row – meant that the i-TRIL could accommodate three adults in comfort.

According to the report, the driven rear wheels stay flat on the road surface, and a hinge between the back axle and body allows the body and front tyres to lean in corners.

The car is said to have a remarkably small turning circle of four metres – roughly the same as Toyota’s ultra-manoeuvrable iQ city car.

“The doors open with a butterfly mechanism – but Toyota says their design means they can be opened and closed within a regular parking space. Opening the doors also removes a portion of the i-TRIL’s floor, allowing the driver to step out without having to stretch their legs,” it stated.

It also said Toyota had not issued performance figures but stated that the i-TRIL had been created with autonomous functionality in mind, adding, “It had been conceived to be ‘fun to drive’. The car’s battery pack is large enough to allow it to travel more than 185 miles between charges – which should be a decent range for urban use.

“Inside, the driver has a laid-back seating position and there are no conventional pedals; steering, acceleration and braking are conducted through drive-by-wire technology and a pair of what Toyota calls ‘control nodes’, similar in principle to computer mice or games controllers.”

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