(from Toyota Press
Release) 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
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.
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
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
which is further enhanced by smooth surface lines and the integrated
At the same time the
glass area greatly enhances visibility to create an ‘open-space’
“frames the vision” in all directions, including up.
Access and innovation
are features of the rear-hinged passenger doors which open
at the touch of a button. Dynamic hints of driving performance are
provided by the customised 20-inch alloy wheels with ultra-low
profile 225/40 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.
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
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
For now, it is clear
Hybrid X is an innovative vehicle that conceives how Hybrid Synergy
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