New Toyota concept cars at Geneva

06 February 2006

Toyota is bringing two new concept vehicles to the Geneva Motor Show, due to start at the beginning of next month.

The first and most radical of the two is the Urban Cruiser, which is a futuristic mini-4x4.

The Urban Cruiser concept is said to 'draw heavily on Toyota's heritage in sports utility vehicles,' so it could indicate that Toyota sees a market for a leisure 4x4 even smaller than the RAV4.

The concept car features external lines as yet unseen in any production Toyota, so it may indicate a new design direction for the company. It also features an interior which Toyota says is 'inspired by trendy furniture.'

The other concept car Toyota is displaying at Geneva is a hot version of the Yaris, called the T Sport.

This performance version of the supermini is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine, probably the 1.8-litre VVT-i unit currently used in the Verso and Avensis. It's much more likely to reach production if interest at the show is high.

The Yaris T Sport features new bumpers, a new radiator grille, alloy wheels and modified suspension, which give the car a more aggressive look.

Toyota is keeping more details about the car quiet until the show, but we reckon you could expect prices to be around £13,500. The car could have a potential 0-62mph time of less than nine seconds, and a top speed in the region of 120mph.

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