Toyota Yundong Shuangqing II concept

Sharing the show floor with the new Chinese-market Yaris at this year’s Auto Shanghai is the Toyota Yundong Shuangqing II, a concept equipped with a hybrid powertrain that’s currently being developed at the Japanese firm’s R&D centre in Changshu. Toyota says the concept previews a production model that will be sold exclusively in China.

Its name tells us that it’s very probably an evolution of the Yundong Shuangqing concept (without the ‘II’ suffix) of last year’s Beijing show – but its outlook rather resembles that of the Corolla Furia concept from January’s Detroit show, down to that shoulder line upsweep at the C-pillar.

And guess what – its 4.62 metre length, 1.775 metre width, 1.45 metre height and 2.7 metre wheelbase are quite similar to the Furia’s, too. Which leads us to suppose that it’s the next Toyota Corolla this bling-wheeled beauty is pointing towards – will the upcoming iteration of the hugely-popular C-segmenter gain a hybrid variant?

See a set of spyshots here, Theophilus Chin‘s Furia-based speculative renderings here, or watch Korean superstar Hyuna pay a melodic tribute to one of the best-selling vehicle nameplates of all time here.