Toyota's Hybrid X concept hints at next super-frugal family car
6 March 2007

Toyota reckons its new Hybrid X concept, unveiled at Geneva today (6 March) shows “a new design language for future hybrid models.”

To us it looks not all that dissimilar to a new Prius, which admittedly would be a future hybrid, but without the “new design language.”

Either way, the Hybrid X does showcase some new technology, including a drive-by-wire system, and a new version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive – though it hasn’t told us what’s new about it.

The Hybrid X also includes LED lighting both inside and out, touchscreen controls all over the place and innovative seating that takes up less room in the cabin.

The rear seats also swivel by 12 degrees, which Toyota suggests will allow passengers to share an “intimate ‘tête-à-tête’.” Nice idea, though we think the centre console would get in the way; it’s more likely to be used by squabbling children so they don’t have to talk to their sibling.

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