Toyota Brings Hybrid Concept To Australia
Toyota will provide a vision for the future of hybrid cars when it unveils the Hybrid X concept car at this year's Australian International Motor Show. Hybrid X proposes a new design language for Toyota's hybrid models while also acting as a technology showcase for future hybrid cars.
Created and developed by Toyota's European styling centre ED² in the south of France, Hybrid X is a four-door, four-seat concept that is spacious and comfortable.
It is a step closer to Toyota's vision of the ultimate environmental driving technology.
Its design will influence the entire Toyota brand and its hybrid models in the future.
A vision for future environmentally friendly motoring, the appearance of Hybrid X comes soon after Toyota announced it would build a hybrid Camry in Australia from 2010.
Hybrid X is the latest concept to demonstrate Toyota's world-leading Hybrid Synergy Drive® technology, which is at the core of the company's strategy to develop the ultimate eco-car.
The show car fits clearly within Toyota's environmental strategy of offering sustainable mobility for modern families.
It has the dimensions of a conventional family car with an overall length of 4,500mm and wheelbase of 2,800mm. The width is 1,850mm and height 1,440mm.
It proposes unconventional creative solutions that will potentially become the signature points of a specific hybrid identity.
Hybrid X features a futuristic body shape that is dominated by two 'U' shapes created by the upper glass frame area and the unconventional A and C pillars.
Viewed from above, this gives the impression of a large X - hence the name of the concept, Hybrid X.
Dynamic hints of driving performance are provided by the customised 20-inch alloy wheels with ultra-low profile 225/40 R20 tyres.
LED headlamps are integrated into the dashboard and are now part of the interior of the car and can communicate information such as safety distances, acceleration and braking to other drivers and pedestrians.
The driver can set the ambience within the car, controlling sight, sound, touch and even smell.
A drive-by-wire steering pad features a central screen to relay information to the driver about the energy flow path, fuel consumption and gear position.
Space-saving seats are formed using injected foam techniques, which create comfort while reducing weight.
The two independent rear seats can swivel by 12 degrees to allow passengers to enjoy the scenery or conversation.