Toyota has a new concept planned for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and while it doesn’t come with the same pizzazz as the recently unveiled GT 86 sports coupe, it still gives us an idea on what a future compact city car could look like with a Toyota badge on it.
The car is called the FT-Bh concept - the ’FT’ tag follows in the footsteps of the FT-86 - and its being touted as a compact urban machine that boasts of low emissions combined with a fully aesthetically-pleasing design.
According to Toyota, the lightweight FT-Bh will pack a full hybrid powertrain, which is pretty obvious considering that it’s a concept for the future and thus, possesses materials and techniques that are being developed for use on the company’s future vehicle line-up.
UPDATE 03/06/12: This review has been updated with official specs and photos.
Find out more about the Toyota FT-Bh Concept after the jump
We fully understand the concept nature of the Toyota FT-Bh Concept, but it does makes us wonder if this car’s look was penned as an inside joke within the company. With all due respect to the bullet-shaped body, the merging long roof, the protruding windshield, and the narrow pillars, but the one thing that we can’t get out of our heads is that it looks like a hamster.
The overall design of the FT-Bh Concept was inspired by Toyota’s "Keen Look" styling, which can look really good on a coupe concept like the Lexus LF-Lc, but not on a little compact concept like the FT-Bh. Even the concept’s vertical front lights that have been integrated into the fenders and the low grille placement doesn’t add much to the appeal of the car.
The vehicle’s dimensions - 3,985 mm long, 1,695 mm wide, and 1,400 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,570 mm - makes for a really small city car and thus,
contributing to the car weighing only 786 kg.
On the other hand, the interior of the FT-Bh looks pretty impressive. As a concept, you kind of expect to see something completely futuristic and the FT-Bh doesn’t disappoint. The overall design features air zoning while also expressing an emotional design that manifests itself through the "tensional force" of tautly stretched fabric. For a small city car, the concept surprisingly has room for four "ultra-thin shell seats". Likewise, the leather upholstery on the interior uses light and breathable materials while the center display located deep in the dashboard comes with plenty of technological features, including rear views from three body-mounted cameras, and a rear-view mirror that has its own ambient superimposed display6 that provides information and warnings concerning vehicles reflected in the mirror and also other driver-targeted information.
As a concept powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, the FT-Bh doesn’t have any illusions when it comes to being a high-powered speed demon. Instead of the thrills, the concept prides itself on being the ultimate ride of efficiency. It’s powered by a 1.0-liter, two-cylinder THIS II gas engine and combined with a lithium-ion battery to provide - according to Toyota - "high environmental performance with CO2 emissions of only 49 g/km under the NEDC, along with improved hybrid system efficiency."
Will We See It In Production?
Toyota is displaying the FT-Bh Concept for all the right reasons: to show what a hybrid city car could look like that plays into the world of tomorrow. Whether it does see the light of production is still another matter. As far as our opinion goes, we don’t expect the a production version of the concept anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean that we’re not going to see one ever.
- Nice and spacious interior
- Model of efficiency
- Front profile leaves a lot to be desired
- Strictly a concept