Toyota i-TRIL shows us the future of urban mobility

On March 7, Toyota unveiled the i-TRIL concept car at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

The i-TRIL is a compact EV concept car. The development theme behind it is, “Urban mobility for the near future that offers driving enjoyment.” In addition to offering a pleasurable driving experience through its ease of use and new driving feeling, it is a compact EV designed to meet the needs of urban drivers.

It was designed at Toyota’s ED2 development facility in Nice, France. As small and mid-sized cities are expected to expand in the coming years, it is a model designed to fit the lifestyle of people in their thirties to fifties raising children in small communities. The i-TRIL is a new genre that represents the evolution of convenient and comfortable urban mobility.

The i-TRIL’s compact body handles well and it has an active lean construction that automatically controls and optimizes the chassis’ inclination through moving the front left and right wheels up or down. According to Toyota, this gives it a comfortable drive that responds easily to the driver’s will.

The interior has a “1+2 layout” which puts the driver in the middle with 2 passengers behind. The door is part of the floor to allow easy boarding and exiting the vehicle.

Written by Minoru Moriwaki

(Translated by Greg Scott)