• Mar 6th 2007 at 7:27AM
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Today at the Geneva Motor Show Toyota unveiled the Hybrid-X concept, which is supposed to give the world a hint at the new design language for future Toyota hybrid vehicles. Presumably that means that what we see here will be reflected in the next generation Prius when it comes out next year along with other future vehicles. The concept has a low-slung one-box shape stretched over twenty inch wheels.

Not much information is provided on the power-train other than that it's a step closer to zero emissions which seems to imply plug-in capability. The main focus on this concept seems to be the styling and interior. The four seat layout is set up to be very open and airy with thin shell seats and rear seats that can swivel up to 12 degrees to allow them to view the world passing by. The details that are available at this point from the press release are after the jump.

[Source: Toyota] World premiere of Hybrid X concept

• New design language for future hybrid models
• Four door, four seat open-space concept
• Interactive interior design
• A step closer to zero emissions
Toyota presents a world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show with the reveal of Hybrid X – a concept car that proposes a new design language for hybrid models, while also acting as an innovative technology showcase for future generation hybrid cars.

Hybrid X is a vision for future environmentally friendly motoring. It fits clearly within Toyota's environmental strategy of offering sustainable mobility for modern families. Hybrid X further extends the use of Hybrid Synergy Drive® which is becoming an enabler for vehicle concept innovation and allowing Toyota to push forward to new frontiers.

Hybrid X is designed as a four door, four seat open-space concept. 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.

Hybrid X has been created and developed by Toyota's European styling centre, ED², in the south of France. It proposes unconventional creative solutions that will themselves potentially become the signature points of a specific hybrid identity.

Hybrid X follows the core values of the Toyota brand design philosophy under two consistent themes: J-Factor and Vibrant Clarity. J-Factor refers to the local and global acceptance of Japanese-inspired design and cultural form, while Vibrant Clarity is the design language used to express the J-factor. Through Vibrant Clarity, designers will infuse future vehicles with a completely original identity and emotional intensity that will be uniquely identifiable as coming from Toyota.

In this context, designers created an unconventional fusion of strength, lightness and emotion through the futuristic body shape. There is fusion of thought also – a symbiosis between the exterior and the interior so that, as you look at the exterior, you can imagine the interior with clarity and vision.

Interior designer, Laurent Bouzige, says: "Hybrid X is conceived as a multi-sensory experience. There is a formal style in the shape of the vehicle and the material used but every other reaction is linked to the passengers' senses of sound, smell, sight and touch through interactive ambience."

The strongest form element of the exterior shape is the two 'U' shapes created by the massive upper glass frame area and the unconventional A and C pillars. When viewed from above this gives the impression of a vast X – hence the name of the concept, Hybrid X.

The U-shaped pillars allow the general shape of Hybrid X to achieve a superior aerodynamic form which is further enhanced by smooth surface lines and the integrated rear spoiler.

At the same time the glass area greatly enhances visibility to create an 'open-space' concept which "frames the vision" in all directions, including up.

Access and innovation are features of the rear-hinged passenger doors which open electronically at the touch of a button. Dynamic hints of driving performance are provided by the customised 20-inch alloy wheels with ultra-low profile 5/40 R20 tyres.

The smooth, aerodynamic lines of the front are unbroken by headlamps which are integrated into the dashboard and are now part of the interior of the car. These LED lamps are 'intelligent' and display graphic forms through animation, adopting the interactive concept of Hybrid X to communicate safety information to pedestrians or other drivers, such as safety distances, acceleration and braking.

Across the rear the energy-efficient LED lights form another U shape, reflecting the design signature of vehicle as a whole.

Fusion between exterior and interior styling is clear from the swooping curves of the interior surfaces. Here there are classic ergonomic solutions and the multi-sensory experience is most keenly developed as the car responds to human interaction. The human element is further emphasised by an artistic drawing printed on the inside door panel.

The driver can set the ambience within the car via an interface in order to control the four senses of sight, sound, touch and smell. LED lighting systems within the car provide a variety of illumination and are changing in harmony with different musical backgrounds. A perfume diffuser fills the air with gentle, relaxing aroma while the use of many different materials and textures on the interior surfaces provides variety to touch.

The drive-by-wire steering pad features a screen in its centre to relay vital energy information to the driver about the energy flow path, fuel consumption, gear position. Interactive navigation and Bluetooth connectivity is provided by a second screen in front of the driver.

A third touch screen, in the console, controls the ambience settings, such as the entertainment and audio systems, lightning operation and air conditioning. A sensitive touch on the steering pad allows the driver to switch information on the screens.

Space saving seats are formed using injected foam techniques which create comfort while reducing weight. In order to further promote human interaction, the two independent rear seats can swivel by 12 degrees to allow passengers to enjoy the scenery or a more intimate 'tête-à-tête'.

For now, it is clear Hybrid X is an innovative vehicle that conceives how Hybrid Synergy Drive® technology can deliver economical, cleaner and more comfortable motoring. It is a step closer to Toyota's vision of the ultimate environmental driving technology and its design will influence the entire Toyota brand and its hybrid models in the future.

Hybrid X: a new landmark for Toyota hybrids

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, the mileage please! And the weight? Toyota has the money to start using composites to decrease weight and increase mileage and safety!
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's looking pretty nice, but I just hope they are able to change those cheap, Ikea cafeteria looking seats. Yeah they match the futuristic look of the car but they can't be comfortable. Does anybody know if they can retrofit hybrid engines into other cars? I would love to put a hybrid into a classic car...that would be cool.

      • 8 Months Ago
      Most be the age difference, but I loved everything about this car. On the first picture I said "I want one!".
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love it! I just hope it eliminates the Prius's blind spots & poor visibilty out the back window.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I second mike k! I am happy that there are bigger wheels on it. Iowever, I dont like the look of those wheels and something about it makes it look like a mole (the animal)... :/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, but the again, I have an Xb. Not like I should talk about fugly cars.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yep! I want it too! I love my Prius 2006 and can't wait for this one! not only rocks on miles: 52miles/gallon on mine, and I am sure it can only be better!! And it's a wonderful, quiet car! You can put many trees inside without any problem! Also my lawn mower! The look is the smart part cause they design this way for safety.
      Look at how much you are paying when you complain about Prius!
      • 8 Months Ago
      This car rocks! I will be the first in line to buy if it ever becomes a reality. The current Toyota Prius has proven itself in terms of futuristic design, technology, practicality and fuel economy. Bring it on, Toyota!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Captain Kirk to Spock: "Your earth going mode of transport is now ready...in the form of a Toyota."

      Spock to Captain Kirk: "Highly illogical Captain!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm underwhelmed by this concept. Sure its different looking. I'm doubly sure that the real next gen prius may take some things from this concept, but probably won't be as outlandish, especially as concerned to the interior styling. Next.. i could care less about he new "look" of the prius. I want to hear MPG numbers and emissions numbers as well as weight to power numbers. And also the two words "Plug In".
      • 8 Months Ago
      Any word on legroom?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds like some nice design elements from the descript. A low slung car can be cool, but the X is pretty fugly. I'm sure and I hope they'll make a production that is much more palatable than the ones in the pics.
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