If we had to judge a new Toyota model by its cover, we'd say the recently unveiled Toyota FT-Bh Hybrid concept could be summed up in one word: different. Thankfully, that's exactly what the automaker is going for.
Shown off to enthusiasts at the 2012 Geneva show, the funky-looking FT-Bh concept wears a flattened front end, tricked-out wheels and a sharp white exterior with black trims. What's more, the model's side mirrors have been replaced with cameras to improve aerodynamics and heighten technology. But as unique as the model might appear, its real character comes from the inside.
Striving to be a lighter, more compact hybrid than the current Toyota Prius, the FT-Bh concept sets out to offer up a dramatically impressive fuel-economy of 112 mpg. The model calls on a more holistic hybrid approach using five basic factors to form a "Future Toyota B-segment Hybrid." Those tenets include powertrain efficiency, thermal-energy management, electrical efficiency, mass reduction and optimized aerodynamics. Sounds like a pretty solid hybrid formula to us.
While the Toyota FT-Bh would certainly need a bit of exterior toning, the technology behind the concept presents a highly possible reality for the future of electric mobility. Whether you've hopped on board the hybrid train or are still waiting on the tracks, Toyota Marin feels it's important to stay updated on the latest Toyota advancements. That's why we standing by at 445 Francisco Blvd. East San Rafael, CA 94901 to answer any questions you might have up your sleeve or to fill you in on new and evolving vehicle information.