Before the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S—the lovechild of the Toyota and Subaru alliance—are made available to the public, an even smaller hybrid version is already being fleshed out. The Toyota FT-Bh is the Japanese auto maker’s latest concept vehicle and is expected to bow at the Geneva Auto Show early next month.
The Toyota FT-Bh concept was designed to achieve maximum fuel efficiency, and has been composed of materials that won’t hurt the environment. The FT-Bh stands for Future Toyota B-segment hybrid and varies from its sports coupe cousin in a few ways. The most noticeable difference with the Toyota FT-Bh and the sporty coupe is that the latter is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. It’s not known yet how the FT-Bh will be configured, but since its sole purpose is to achieve the best fuel economy possible, front-wheel drive can’t be ruled out. Inside, Toyota claims the FT-Bh is as spacious as the subcompact Yaris.
Toyota took five aspects into account when designing the FT-Bh to achieve the best fuel economy and lowest emissions: Weight reduction; optimum aerodynamic performance; powertrain efficiency; thermal energy management; and electricity saving were all big focal points for Toyota during the FT-Bh’s development. The FT-Bh produces about 50 percent less carbon dioxide than other vehicles similar in size—such as the Yaris, Mazda2, and Ford Fiesta—and weighs in at around 1763 pounds.
The Toyota FT-Bh concept is slated to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6. As is the norm with most vehicles being leaked before its official debut, stay tuned as more details and images emerge.