Unlike most automotive companies, which focus on the release of various off-road vehicles, the Japanese concern Toyota is actively promoting the production of ultra-compact cars.
Futuristic novelty from Toyota
In March at the Geneva Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer introduced a new i-TRIL concept, developed in the European branch of the company. This futuristic two-seater is designed for the speedy replacement of traditional cars, uncomfortable in urban conditions.
The Japanese manufacturer has not yet planned to launch the novelty in the serial production. However, judging by the concept of recent years, Toyota seeks to explore all possible options for creating alternative urban transport.
Background of i-TRIL
The i-TRIL concept car is a compact electric car designed for two people. It is equipped with butterfly-shaped doors. For greater maneuverability, the car company used the technology Toyota Active Lean in it.
For the first time it was used in 2014 in the previous model of compact electric vehicle - i-ROAD. Active Lean technology automatically moves the wheels vertically when entering the turn, thereby tilting the car body. This contributes to a better grip of the car with the road, and also prevents people from rocking during the ride.
To test its revolutionary technology, Toyota conducted road tests of the i-ROAD concept in Tokyo and Grenoble, and also interviewed people about their views on the use of such vehicles in urban environments.
I-TRIL became the next stage of research of the Japanese company for the development of alternative vehicles. Until 2030, Toyota promises to present a series of cars that can completely replace the cars that are customary for all.
A little bit about the concept
In addition to the availability of Active Lean technology, the revolutionary nature of I-TRIL is also the complete absence of pedals. The car is controlled by two control nodes. Also, the concept can go by itself using the navigation system.
Due to the presence in the car of a computer with artificial intelligence, passengers can easily manage all car systems through voice commands. The planned range of travel on the I-TRIL without recharging the batteries is about 200 km.