It would be a thrill to watch how this unfolds in 2030. Toyota rolls out with the new i-Tril Concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Japanese carmaker’s futuristic electric three-seater concept envisioned for the next 10 years is designed for women ages 30 to 50 years old. How come?
By taking into consideration the very busy lifestyle of today’s moms, Toyota designers from Nice, France have thought about this i-Tril concept as a perfect mode of transport to complete the usual mommy routines ---especially for moms residing in a small town with two children.
Since major cities in Europe will no longer be the next focus as far as expansion projects go, more medium-sized city dwellers will benefit as they do prefer to move around using smaller alternative vehicles.
Inspired by the previously launched i-Road concept in 2013, the new driving pod now features a more spacious cabin that can seat a maximum of 3 occupants. It also has the previous concept’s Active Lean system, allowing it to tilt at the corners by up to 10 degrees while the rear axle remains fixed on the road. The Active Lean technology provides the owner with a better driving experience since it mimics the motorcycle while allowing it to turn into tight corners.
The i-Tril uses an electric motor although Toyota hasn’t said anything yet regarding the exact amount of power it has to offer. As with most concepts, it’s still too early to tell if the i-Tril will ever come into production. But if ever it will, the company claims that it will offer up to 124 miles of range. It may not be the fastest, smallest car concept but it can belt around the corners with ease.
Inside, the butterfly doors open to a one-of-a-kind cockpit setup. Instead of the typical pedals, the i-Tril comes with a grip controller similar to the ones on the game console units for video games. The grip controller at the front serves its usual function of adjusting the acceleration and steering as well as of controlling the brakes. It comes equipped with autonomous pilot technology with head-up display at the center instead of at the traditional instrument panel.
Meanwhile, the seat configuration setup is slightly similar to that on the McLaren F1 that has the driver sitting at the middle while the rear area has enough space for two small passengers. This setup, according to Toyota, fully utilizes the outward visibility and legroom inside the cabin.