Geneva Live – World Premiere of the Toyota FT-86 Open Concept and Auris Touring Sports
Posted on: Mar 5, 2013 - 7:03pm IST
We’re at the Toyota stall at the Geneva Motor Show and the Japanese auto giant have two important models on display.
The first is the concept convertible version of the most popular car last year – The Toyota GT-86.
Toyota FT-86 Convertible
We brought you the first spyshots of the GT-86 convertible when it was spotted in South Africa. Today, Toyota has unveiled the concept version of the car, calling it the FT-86 Open.
Toyota say that they will gauge the reaction to the FT86 Open before putting it to production. From a dimensions perspective, the FT86 measures identical to its hardtop sibling.
Inside, a new multi-layered fabric roof with a glass rear screen finds its way. The same 2+2 seating format is retained with the roof folding down behind the fixed rear seats.
Even underneath the hood, the FT-86 Open uses the same platform and powertrain as the GT86: the naturally aspirated 1,998cc four cylinder “boxer” engine.
Toyota has pinpointed numerous areas that will need further engineering evaluation to assess the impact of the cabriolet design on performance, vehicle rigidity, balance, weight and aerodynamics.
Toyota Auris Touring Sports
The Toyota Auris now sees the addition of an estate in the form of the Touring Sports. The car is completely built in Britain and has a base starting price of about GBP 15,595 (INR 12.8 lakhs).
It’s also the first model in its class to offer the choice of a full hybrid powertrain using Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.
The Auris Touring Sports has the same 2,600mm wheelbase as its sister hatchback, but is 285 mm longer overall. With the rear seats in place the load area has a capacity of 530 litres. With the rear seats folded the volume goes upto 1,658 litres.
It will be available in the UK with the same engine options as the hatch: the 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i, the 1.6 litre Valvematic petrol unit and the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel along with a full hybrid.