Toyota’s Hybrid X Concept shows us the future of the Toyota Prius, due to be replaced anytime soon. The four door, four seat open space concept has the dimensions of a conventional family car with an overall length of 4,500mm and wheelbase of 2,800mm, and a width of 1,850mm and a height of 1,440mm.
Designed by Toyota’s ED2 European design center in France, it is an evolution of the current Prius design more than anything else, with the unconventional cues that just shout futuristic and hybrid, important in a market where people want their hybrid cars to look hybrid. Apparently knowing they are helping the environment is not enough, they need everyone to know it.
The front has this quirky U-shaped pillars, and the vast area of glass enhances visibility and creates an open space feel. The rear-hinged passenger doors open automatically with the touch of a button. Wheels are worthy of being put on a concept, huge, and flashy at 20-inch wrapped with ultra-low profile 225/40/R20 tyres.
The front headlamps are lit up by LED, and are strangely positioned inside the car on the dashboard, shining out through the front windscreen. These LED lamps can also display graphics and animations to communicate with pedestrians.
This car also wins the Paul Tan award for the thickest D-pillar ever in the history of the automotive industry.
More photos after the jump.