The amazing Toyota Urban Utility concept vehicle (U2 or “U Squared”), which made its global auto show debut this week at the 2016 CIAS in Toronto, is a cross between a minivan, a truck, and a passenger car. It’s an ideal vehicle for young, urban drivers who lead an active lifestyle and have embraced adventure.
This concept’s custom graphics and interior colours and materials help reflect the owner’s style, while a compact footprint makes it easy to drive and park in crowded urban cores.
Here are other Toyota U2 highlights:
• Side windows that flip up easily for more access from roadside;
• Rear space that may be used anywhere from fully closed to completely open;
• Retracting roof panels;
• Rear glass panel that slides into the tailgate;
• A fold-down tailgate which reconfigures into a ramp;
• Retractable utility bar to customize for unique uses, from workspace to grocery bag hooks;
• A versatile utility rail system allowing configurations to accommodate everything from baskets to bike stands;
• Foldable and removable front passenger seat;
• Fold-up rear seating;
• Durable underbody;
• Iconic modern design elements including a selection of colours and materials to suit a variety of tastes.
“The U2 is a compelling design exercise that delves into the increasing re-urbanization of our cities and urban drivers’ desire for flexibility, fun and maneuverability,” says Kevin Hunter, President of Calty, Toyota’s North American design studio.
Toyota also unveiled its brand new 2016 Prius model at the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. This fourth generation Prius offers brand new hybrid and drivetrain technology along with an all-new silhouette and revamped exterior design. Think they have a winner here?