Toyota will preview its low-cost performance future at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, unveiling the hybrid-powered GR HV Sports Concept ahead of the show’s opening.
Using the current 86 coupe as a starting point, the GR HV Sport Concept features revised styling with a targa roof, a new longer snout packed full of LED lighting, and a vented rear with concealed tail lights and centrally-mounted exhaust tip.
The questionable styling changes aren't the focus of the new concept, what’s more important is the hybrid powertrain under the bonnet - although Toyota is yet to detail exactly what configuration or outputs to expect from the powertrain.
Crucially the GR HV Sports Concept retains a front-engined, rear-drive layout and adds a centrally-mounted battery pack. Interestingly the concept also features a push-button automatic transmission than offers a six-speed manual mode accessed via a traditional H-pattern gearshift which also houses the vehicle's starter button.
The GR HV name itself is derived from Toyota’s World Endurance Championship team, Gazoo Racing and the concept’s hybrid vehicle configuration. Some of the styling elements borrowed from Gazoo’s Le Mans racer include the stacked high-output LED headlights, large front intake and large diffuser for maximum downforce.
Toyota is claiming the GR HV Sports Concept, which also draws inspiration from previous Toyota sports cars including the Toyota Sports 800 and Supra, will be capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint in the four-second range.
Alongside the coupe concept Toyota will also show off a boxy urban off-roader concept called the Tj Cruiser, with set-square styling that is the antithesis of Toyota's swoopy C-HR small SUV
In this instance the name is derived from ‘toolbox’ and ‘joy’, specifically the joy of discovering new places thanks to the Tj’s part-time all wheel drive system. While it looks tough and work-ready the Tj is based on the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) that underpins the Prius and C-HR and will also form the basis of the new Camry and next-generation Corolla.
Under the bonnet Toyota has tucked in a petrol electric hybrid with outputs rivalling eninges in the 2.0-litre class, though once again the finer details are being kept under wraps until the Tokyo Motor Show.
Inside the Tj Cruiser offers seating for four via sliding rear doors, with a flexible interior with folding front and rear seats to carry items up to three metres in length. Outside the exterior is crafted from what Toyota calls “care-free” materials with a special coating to resist scratches and dirt.