With lots of concepts and new cars from the first day of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show we completely forgot about Toyota but the Japanese manufacturer wanted to remind us that it has something new: behold the all-new Toyota NS4 advanced plug-in hybrid concept. As expected, the new model shows a new styling direction for Toyota and features a trapezoid grille accented by a floating lower spoiler and distinctive daytime running lights.
The taillights wrap around the sides of the vehicle and create the effect of a rear spoiler. Toyota’s new NS4 Concept also features an advanced human-machine interface (HMI) centred around a multi-touch screen with the look and feel of a smartphone.
The simple, intuitive operation conveys information quickly while minimizing distractions and maximizing driver awareness. Moreover, the HMI system is even capable of "learning" driver preferences to anticipate driver responses in specific environments and situations.
State of the art safety systems are also introduced, such as the next generation pre-collision system (PCS), adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights, and blind spot monitor (BSM). The NS4 also features four new glass technologies integrated in the windscreen, front and rear windows.
These include: Rain-resistant 'hydrophobic' coating - Fluorine coated glass causes rain drops to form intosemispherical shapes for improved visibility and rain drop elimination; 'Anti-fog' coating - High performance resin material with anti-fogging characteristics and increased durability; High ultraviolet (UV) absorbing inner-layer - Removes 99 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays; Anti-solar film with radio-wave transparency - Reduces the internal vehicle temperature and improves electronic device functionality.
The conventional inner and outer rear view mirrors have now been replaced with cameras in order to provide the driver with a panoramic view to the rear. The rear-view camera displays images on a dashboard-mounted screen, and provides the driver with a much wider field of vision when compared to a traditional rear view mirror.
The windscreen as well as front and rear windows of the NS4 Concept incorporates four new glass technologies to further improve driver visibility and fuel efficiency, as well as its mileage on electric driving mode.
One of these technologies is the anti-solar film with radio-wave transparency, working to lower the internal vehicle temperature while improving electronic device functionality. Rain-resistant 'hydrophobic' coating causes rain drops to form into semispherical shapes to further improve visibility and eliminate rain drops on the glass. The windscreen and the front and rear windows feature high ultraviolet (UV) absorbing inner-layer that could get rid 99 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays.
In addition, these glass parts are coated with 'Anti-fog' resin material. Instead of the usual inner and outer rear view mirrors, the NS4 is fitted with a number of cameras, including a rear-view camera that displays images on a dashboard-mounted screen.
This camera delivers a wider field of vision compared to a conventional rear view mirror. Lentz remarked that the continued success of Toyota’s conventional hybrid vehicles provided a strong foundation for market reception of future advanced technologies. He added that the NS4 is a demonstration of the carmaker’s commitment to improve the safety, efficiency, and convenience of future mobility.