Toyota has produced a new compact SUV concept vehicle in reaction to the growing popularity of do-it-yourself in American cities.
The Urban Utility vehicle – or U2 for short – is made from robust materials and, says Toyota, combines "the functionality of a traditional pick-up and the spaciousness of a cargo van".
The vehicle has been created by Toyota's Calty design studio in California. The concept has an open architecture and is made from robust materials.
Among the practical features are a roll-back roof and a rear hatch that can be folded down to create a ramp. Inside, a rail system makes it easy for owners to customise the interior.
The chunky U2 has a durable underbody and bodywork and comes with customisable side panels. Exterior highlights include retracting roof panels, rear glass that can be opened and slides away, a drop-down hatch that forms a load ramp and replaceable protective ridges on the rear hatch.
A retractable utility bar can do anything from hold a desk to provide hooks for shopping bags. The side windows flip up, so it’s easy to reach into the vehicle from the roadside.