How 2020 Toyota Yaris Concept Hints to Design Future

By Joel Arellano | March 20, 2012
While the Toyota GT 86 (known in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ) has been getting a ton of buzz from the automotive press, it's the Toyota FT-Bh concept which hints to Toyota's future directions. The Toyota FT-Bh, which stands for "Future Toyota B-segment", is a concept vehicle first unveiled at last month's Geneva Motor Show. The FT-Bh concept showcased a slew of design, material, and even engines which hint to a "supermini" or subcompact vehicle that may debut sometime in 2020. This future crossover would be the size of the current Toyota Yaris compact hatchback but lighter, more energy efficient, and powered by a 1.0-liter, two-cylinder gasoline engine with a theoretical fuel economy near 135 mpg. The Toyota FT-Bh could be outfitted with other powertrains like plug-in hybrid or even a natural gas engine. Toyota states all the materials and technology are currently available. Says Koji Makino, Toyota project manager for advanced vehicles, “It (Toyota FT-Bh) could be produced, maybe in the 2020s, but at this moment the company hasn’t decided whether it will go into production. If there is demand, then we should build it.” Via Autocar

Very odd design, but kind of cool at the same time.