Toyota is presenting its vision for an advanced future plug-in hybrid saloon at the Detroit motor show today. The Toyota NS4 also acts as a preview for Toyota's future design language, which "aims to make an emotional connection with customers".
Toyota has not yet confirmed the exact details of the NS4's powertrain. The Japanese firm has however said the system is both smaller and lighter than current plug-in hybrid set-ups, including the one featured in its own Toyota Prius plug-in. Toyota claims this new system also improves fuel economy, acceleration and all-electric range, while preserving a “short” recharge time.
Toyota is acutely aware of its need to make its designs much more distinctive, the NS4 being a preview of what we can expect from future Toyotas. The front grille is much bolder, and the a sculpted front bumper, lower spoiler and LED daytime running lights also help contribute to a more recognisable 'face'.
At the rear, there are wraparound lights that are meant to resemble a rear spoiler. The NS4 has also been designed with interior space and access in mind; a trick roofline and powered 'swan-wing' doors are the evidence of this.