Toyota will take its hybrid knowhow into new territory on the Tokyo Motor Present with electrified ideas for a smooth sporty coupe and large boxy crossover.
Japan’s greatest automaker unveiled the GR HV Sports activities idea and the Tj Cruiser crossover idea throughout a Friday preview of its plans for the auto expo this month.
Toyota stated each autos are pure ideas and never deliberate for manufacturing.
On the sporty aspect, the GR HV Sports activities idea attracts closely from the 86 sporty coupe, however with a pair twists. For starters, it will get a vertical array of LED headlamps, air vents within the hood and a gaping, heart mounted, hexagonally-shaped single exhaust pipe.
It additionally will get a targa prime in homage to such venerable convertible forerunners because the Toyota Sports activities 800 and the Supra. Toyota says its matte black end expresses “aggressiveness.”
The GR stands for Gazoo Racing, Toyota Motor Corp.’s world motorsports arm, whereas the HV stands for hybrid, the section pioneered by the model’s flagship Prius.
However underneath the hood, the GR HV Sports activities hardly resembles its hatchback cousin. As a substitute, the idea will get the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, the electrified drivetrain know-how used within the TS050 racer Toyota enters in Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship.
The battery is mounted close to the middle of the automotive to enhance efficiency dealing with.
Including to the enjoyable is the flexibility to modify between 6-speed guide and computerized transmission modes. Drivers of the rear-wheel drive, two-seater select computerized gear positions from a show of buttons on the middle console for racing automotive ambiance.
The GR HV Sports activities idea.
And the push-button ignition sits atop the tip of the shift lever, just like the machine gun set off in an previous James Bond spy automotive.
“Drivers can delight within the efficiency of THS-R in a real sports activities automotive,” Toyota stated, “whereas experiencing a way of freedom because of the targa prime.”
On the sensible aspect, Toyota says it can discover a brand new crossover style with the Tj Cruiser, a monolithic idea that merges the roominess of a cargo van with the texture of an SUV.
The “T” within the title stands for toolbox, apt given the ideas boxy dimensions, whereas the “j” stands for pleasure the riders get from venturing to completely different locations. The Cruiser moniker, historically reserved for SUV fashions, is a nod to its energy, Toyota stated.
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“The Tj Cruiser was designed for drivers with existence the place work and play dovetail seamlessly,” the corporate added. “The Tj CRUISER symbolizes a brand new style.”
This idea can be envisioned with a hybrid drivetrain — however this time a extra pedestrian system mounted to a 2.Zero-liter class engine.
It might trip on the corporate’s next-generation TNGA modularized platform.
The rear doorways slide open like a van, whereas the inside emphasizes inventive cargo area and seat manipulation to accommodate all the pieces from bicycles to surfboards. The entrance and rear passenger seats fold fully flat, their seat backs geared up with tie-down factors.
Media days for the Tokyo Present start Oct. 25.
“Toyota readies sporty, boxy hybrid ideas for Tokyo” initially appeared in Automotive Information on 10/6/2017