Gordon Murray’s new city car, the T25, will have more interior space than rivals such as the Smart Fortwo and the Toyota iQ, according to the car’s designer.
The three-seater, which uses a central driving position, places the driver at the front and in the middle of the car. The two passengers are set back on either side.
With just the driver aboard, it’s claimed the 2.4-metre long, 1.25-metre-wide T25 will offer 750 litres of luggage capacity; the unoccupied passenger space is capable of storage. Murray calls the central driving position iCentre, and it is crucial to the amount of space in the T25.
The rear-mounted 660cc engine and positioning of the battery and fuel tank under the floor also help to maximise interior dimensions.
To get around the potential access problem, the T25 has two doors: a hatch at the rear and a side-hinged door at the front of the car that allows entry to the passenger compartment in the style of the Isetta bubble car.
Murray said he will have a finished body prototype running within a month and is aiming to get the car into production within 24 months.
Murray’s company will not build the T25; instead, he will license the production process. He is working on getting the car built in the UK, and is in talks with several interested parties. Murray described the talks as “making good progress”.
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