Toyota teases i-TRIL Concept ahead of official Geneva debut

Toyota teases i-TRIL Concept ahead of official Geneva debut

Toyota has leaked a curious teaser image of its i-TRIL Concept ahead of the vehicles official debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Here’s what we know… 

It’s not due to make its official debut until March at the Geneva Motor Show, but that hasn’t stopped Toyota from releasing a rather intriguing teaser image of its i-TRIL concept.

Despite there being very little to see – as is the case with most teaser images, unfortunately – Toyota describes the i-TRIL as an electric motor powered city car which can be operated as an autonomous vehicle.

The i-TRIL has got three seats in a one-plus-two layout, meaning it has got one seat up front and two in the back, making it more like a motorcycle with extra room for a couple of passengers. It also includes a development of Toyota’s ‘Active Lean’ technology, first utilised by the firm on its i-Road concept in 2013, which allows it to tilt in corners like a motorcycle.

The Active Lean technology improves manoeuvrability in two wheelers as the wheels automatically move up or down so the driver can turn without falling over.

Toyota said the concept is meant as a “viable alternative to A and B segment cars” and motorcycles for those looking to drive in urban environments.

Developed by Toyota Motor Europe and penned by its ED2 design studio in Nice, France, the i-TRIL, according to Toyota, is for people who want to have fun even while driving at slow speeds.

Toyota also said the i-TRIL Concept is supposed to showcase the Japanese giant’s research into “more engaging environmentally-friendly mobility solutions.”

A full line-up of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing vehicles will also be on display at the forthcoming Geneva show, including the company’s refreshed Yaris compact car, which arrives in Switzerland on the back of its success in the Monte Carlo Rally.

The Geneva Motor Show runs March 9-19.

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