Toyota made quite a buzz with the GT 86 sports coupe but it appears that the manufacturer wants to push things even further. As a result, the Japanese carmaker is working on a new compact sports car which will be slotted below the Toyota GT 86. Codenamed 69DZ, the vehicle will make its debut in 2017 and according to Japan’s Best Car magazine its design will be similar to the current BMW 1-Series hatchback.
According to the same source, Toyota will choose the design inspired by the 1-Series in order to make sure that the vehicle will be popular in Europe. Now here is the interesting part: Best Car says that the vehicle might be developed in cooperation with BMW.
Toyota’s upcoming three-door hatchback will be powered by a 1.5-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that will develop 130 hp at 6,500 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine is derived from the 2NR-FKE powerplant and it is co-developed by Yamaha.
Toyota will offer the engine as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed automatic gearbox will be offered as an option. Thanks to the total weight of under 1,000 kg, fuel consumption will be impressive, just 3.33 l/100 km.
The Japanese publication says that Toyota will unveil a concept version of the vehicle next year at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, while the production version will debut in 2017.
The new BMW 1-Series boasts of higher levels of handling thanks partly to its drive-train layout that entails a longitudinally mounted in-line front engine and a rear-wheel drive system. This handling level is also apparent on its design, as the new 1-Series comes with BMW's typical proportions that include a long bonnet, a swept-back passenger cabin, and wide wheelbase. BMW designed the new 1-Series to embody elegance and responsiveness in a compact car, as made more exciting by its youthful design and high-quality features.
On the front end, the new BMW 1-Series is marked by a trio of design elements -- BMW kidney radiator grille, bold headlight units as well as a three-section air intake. The grille has been tilted forwards to highlight the sporty stance of luxury compact model from BMW. When light strikes the areas surrounding the grille, this front part became a three-dimensional unit, as accentuated by four contour lines on the hood that forms a V-shape as they flow towards the grille.
Meanwhile, the top section of the standard BMW double-round headlights features accent trim, and when optional bi-xenon headlights are specified, this styling element lends the new 1-Series a more focused glare. This is further enhanced by a LED accent light as well as by direction indicators integrated in the inner light rings of the headlights. The side indicator lights, meanwhile, are now integrated in the exterior mirrors.
When viewed from the side, the new BMW 1-Series reveals its stunning coupe-like proportions, as defined by the slightly sloping roof line, angled rear windscreen and flat side windows. Also revealed is the so-called Hofmeister kink that extends into the C-pillar to further widen the door opening, thereby making it easier to enter into and exit from the rear cabin.