An electric city car for the year 2030.
The facelifted Yaris lineup headlined by the 210-hp hot hatch version will undoubtedly be Toyota's star at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show where the company will also have this on display. Dubbed “i-TRIL,” the concept takes the shape of an electrified city car capable of seating up to three people. It was developed by the company’s European division with help from the design center based in Nice, France.
Much like the i-Road concept introduced almost four years ago in Geneva, the i-TRIL benefits from what Toyota calls “Active Lean” technology capable of automatically controlling the vehicle’s body angle in order to ensure a stable ride. The tech granted the i-Road with a minimum turning cycle of only three meters thanks to the implementation of rear-wheel steering and a lean actuator motor installed on top of the front suspension.
Based on the information gathered from the steering angle, gyro sensor, and the car’s speed, the i-Road’s computers were clever enough to calculate the necessary angle of lean at all times. The nifty tech was able to work not only when the vehicle was taking corners, but also when the concept was driven straight ahead by maintaining the same body level whenever going over stepped surfaces.
While the i-Road concept pictured above had a 1+1 seating arrangement, the follow-up vehicle is likely a bit larger taking into account it adopts a 1+2 cabin layout. An image of the interior has not been released, but it probably uses just about the same configuration as a McLaren F1.
The new Toyota i-TRIL concept will debut on March 7th at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to demonstrate the brand’s vision of a city car for the year 2030. At the same event, the full lineup of Gazoo Racing-branded race cars will also be exhibited.
Gallery: Toyota i-TRIL concept teaser
TOYOTA AT THE 2017 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
- Introduction of the new 2017 Yaris and the Yaris GRMN performance hatchback
- World premiere of the i-TRIL Concept, Toyota’s vision for urban mobility in 2030
- Full line-up of Toyota Gazoo Racing cars, including Yaris WRC, TS050 Hybrid and Dakar Hilux
Toyota will introduce the new 2017 Yaris and its performance derivative, the Yaris GRMN at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show (7 to 19 March). The Toyota stand will also host the world premiere of the i-TRIL Concept and the full line-up of Toyota Gazoo Racing cars that are competing internationally this year.
The introduction of the new, significantly revised Yaris range is set to add further impetus to the success of Toyota’s small hatchback, offering a more dynamic exterior design and an upgraded interior finish.
The Yaris family will also grow to include a performance version in the form of the Yaris GRMN, inspired and influenced by Toyota’s return to the World Rally Championship this year with the Yaris WRC. The model will be unique in the hot hatch market in being powered by a supercharged engine – a 1.8-litre unit that will produce more than 205bhp.
Toyota will also host world premiere of its i-TRIL concept at Geneva. Developed by Toyota Motor Europe in collaboration with the company’s ED2 design centre in Nice, the electric motor-powered concept showcases Toyota research innovations in delivering better mobility that is also kinder to the environment.
i-TRIL has a one-plus-two seating layout and features Active Lean technology, similar in concept to that used by the Toyota i-ROAD. It has been developed as a viable alternative to city cars, small hatchbacks (A and B segment), other all-electric EV models and motorcycles for people who still want to have fun when driving, even at slower, urban traffic speeds.
The Toyota stand will also feature the full line-up of Toyota Gazoo Racing cars competing internationally this year. By taking part in such highly demanding series such as the FIA World Rally and World Endurance Championships and the Dakar, Toyota pushes its cars to the limit in the pursuit of designing and engineering ever-better cars for the road.
Toyota will host a press conference on its stand in Hall 4 of the Palexpo exhibition centre at 12.30pm local time on 7 March.