You hear that? That’s the sound of the Mazda Miata’s knees knocking together. Today, Toyota announced that it will be pulling the wraps off of the FT-86 Open concept, or the Scion FR-S as it’s known in the states, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show this coming March. This proposed Scion FR-S convertible would be a direct competitor to the Mazda Miata. While it hasn’t even been unveiled yet, the Scion FR-S convertible already has a leg up on the Miata simply because it has an inhabitable backseat.
The FT-86/FR-S isn’t the only thing that Toyota is bringing to Geneva. A compact concept that focusing on being fun, something Toyota has been accused of lacking recently, called the i-Road. This emissions-free concept was designed with quick urban transportation and seats two people. Besides the i-Road, Toyota will also roll out the Auris Touring Sports, a variation of the Auris we saw in Detroit back in January. This production ready model will have all of its specifications, dimensions, and performance figures on display in Geneva. The Toyota Auris Sports will hit the market later this year.
Without question, we fully expect the Toyota FT-86 to garner all the attention in Geneva, and it’s only expected to intensify once it debuts on U.S. soil. The idea of an open top Scion FR-S already has the automotive world abuzz and all we have are these renderings so far. Toyota says that the FT-86 Open concept is meant to gauge the public’s interest all while a prototype begins the research and development process.
Automotive.com’s take: Build it, and they will come Toyota.