These photos are cryptic, but they’re a little better look at the Toyota FT-Bh — a small, subcompact hybrid concept car that will fully be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March — than the sketch we previously published.
A B-segment hybrid Toyota isn’t a new idea (in fact, Toyota recently launched one in Europe), but the automaker claims the FT-Bh (Future Toyota B-segment hybrid) does push the envelope in a few areas. Toyota says the concept still offers the space of a five-door subcompact, yet its curb weight should ring in at less than 1760 pounds – allegedly without the use of “exotic materials or expensive techniques.” The same goes for the powertrain, which Toyota claims is merely a downsized version of its standard gas/electric hybrid drivetrain.
Certainly, we can tell the FT-Bh will look a bit exotic — at least when compared to other subcompact designs. Toyota’s teaser shots show a narrow LED headlamp perched atop a razor-thin wing that extends from the front fascia and fender. In back, the FT-Bh’s vertical rear window – apparently cribbed from the defunct Renault Avantime – is flanked by thin taillamps shaped like steps.
Expect more details – and complete photography – on the Toyota FT-Bh concept to emerge on March 6th, when the supersmall hybrid show car makes its public debut in Geneva.