While the Toyota GT 86 (known in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ) has been getting a ton of buzz from the automotive press, it’s the Toyota FT-Bh concept which hints to Toyota’s future directions.
The Toyota FT-Bh, which stands for “Future Toyota B-segment”, is a concept vehicle first unveiled at last month’s Geneva Motor Show. The FT-Bh concept showcased a slew of design, material, and even engines which hint to a “supermini” or subcompact vehicle that may debut sometime in 2020. This future crossover would be the size of the current Toyota Yaris compact hatchback but lighter, more energy efficient, and powered by a 1.0-liter, two-cylinder gasoline engine with a theoretical fuel economy near 135 mpg. The Toyota FT-Bh could be outfitted with other powertrains like plug-in hybrid or even a natural gas engine. Toyota states all the materials and technology are currently available. Says Koji Makino, Toyota project manager for advanced vehicles, “It (Toyota FT-Bh) could be produced, maybe in the 2020s, but at this moment the company hasn’t decided whether it will go into production. If there is demand, then we should build it.”