Japan’s number one car manufacturer will exhibit the two new Toyota concepts at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 (October 28th to November 5th) with a booth themed “Let’s Change the Future of Cars – Find Your Future.”
In this first announcement of models to be exhibited at the booth, Toyota reveals some design details for two battery electric vehicle (BEV) concept models, the FT-3e and the FT-Se.
“The two concept models will present a future transformed by electrification and intelligence, along with the new experience value offered by cars,” says the press release. “Toyota believes that future mobility will go beyond providing physical transportation tools to becoming a lifestyle partner closely aligned with each customer’s individual values.”
“Alongside the highly responsive controls and captivating designs unique to BEVs, these models evolve into one-of-a-kind cherished vehicles by offering the joy of personal ride customization, as well as convenient functions for stress-free browsing of local area information while onboard.”
The main features of the FT-3e: it’s “a next-generation BEV concept model that will enrich customers’ daily lives with new driving experiences and personalized services powered by innovative technologies. It also contributes to achieving carbon neutrality and creating a better world by connecting to society as a transfer medium for energy and data from the vehicle and its surroundings.”
Toyota claims its exterior design combines advanced styling and aesthetics while keeping the lines and surfaces as simple as possible. Digital displays running from the lower side body to the upper door provide information, including battery charge, onboard temperature, and interior air quality when the driver approaches the car.
The second concept is “a high-performance sports BEV model proposed as one of the options for sports cars in the carbon-neutral era, incorporating the expertise gained in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s efforts to make ever-better cars through motorsports.”
Pursuing further handling stability and aerodynamic performance, the FT-Se shares significant components with the FT-3e. Toyota set out to create a car that continues to grow with the driver through software updates.
Design-wise, the FT-Se has wide and low proportions and a sleek, cutting-edge silhouette, reducing aerodynamic drag. The so-called next-generation cockpit wants to offer intuitive controls and a more immersive driving experience. A low instrument panel profile ensures high visibility. A fairly odd novelty: newly designed kneepads protect the body from G-forces during driving.