Toyota has revealed its Fine-Comfort Ride concept ahead of the car’s debut at next week’s Tokyo Motor Show. The limousine of the future is a mobile loungeroom - or an office - on wheels.
More like a people mover than a traditional sedan, the Japanese car maker says the Fine-Comfort showcases "a new form of the premium saloon" with its six-seater cabin made up of four individual chairs and a rear benchseat, special windows that double as displays and fully driverless technology.
Helping occupants get things done rather than drive, it uses aritificial intelligence dubbed an "Agent" to provide a personalised concierge that can organise your day while on the move.
The concept car sits on top of a new-generation electric vehicle platform powered by a hydrogen fuel cell stack with in-wheel electric motors.
Exact technical details of the powertrain haven’t been release, but Toyota says its high-pressure hydrogen tanks have a “generous” cruising range of up to 1000km and can be re-filled in less than three minutes.
Toyota claims the car's diamond-shaped cabin - where the centre is wider than the front and rear - offers exceptional interior room, particularly for rear-seat occupants, and improved aerodynamics. The seats themselves can be positioned in a traditional forward-facing layout or the fronts can be swivelled around to create a meeting place, while the middle-row seats can also be laid-down flat like a business-class airplane seat.
Perhaps a flight of fantasy from Toyota, the concept car could provide a hint to the design of the next-generation Tarago people mover.
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