Toyota has unveiled the Urban Utility (U2) concept, ahead of its debut at the World Maker Faire event in New York City later this month.

Toyota has unveiled the Urban Utility (U2) concept, ahead of its debut at the World Maker Faire event in New York City later this month.

Looking like a futuristic delivery van, the U2 is being billed as a highly reconfigurable model that is the "size of a compact car with the functionality of a compact truck and the spaciousness of a cargo van."

The styling won't win everyone over but the model has distinctive rear end with a retractable roof and a massive tailgate that can be used as a ramp.

The distinctive styling continues in the cabin as the minimalist interior has a unique instrument cluster and an iPad that doubles as an infotainment system. We can also see a futuristic center console with a 'floating' arm rest and a unique gear selector. Other notable highlights include a removable front passenger seat and a rail system that can to hold everything from baskets to bike stands.

According to Toyota Calty Design Research President Kevin Hunter, "Toyota saw an opportunity for a new approach to an urban vehicle based on increasing re-urbanization of our cities and urban drivers' desire for flexibility, fun and maneuverability."

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