Toyota uBox

Toyota unveils uBox next-gen concept

Toyota Motor Corporation has unveiled the uBox Concept at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress and Exposition, which began on April 12 in Detroit, Michigan.

The uBox Concept was developed by a team called Deep Orange, in which Toyota collaborated with graduate students at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

The uBox was designed to target generation Z, young consumers in their teens and 20’s in the US. To entice the next generation of consumers, Toyota and CU-ICAR has incorporated some unique ideas.

The exterior features carbon fiber materials and aluminum. It offers suicide doors on the side for easy access to and from the vehicle. It also comes with in-vehicle connectivity for use as a mobile office. The roof is entirely made of glass for an exceptional feeling of openness.

Along with removable seats, the interior features door trim, vents and dashboard display bezels that can be replaced with parts made of 3-D printing technology. In addition, owners can share ideas on their customized designs through an online community.

Despite its yet-to-be-revealed details, the powertrain is an all-electric system that offers a fun-to-drive experience and supplies energy to power consumer electronics through its 110-volt sockets throughout the cabin and exterior.