The 2018 Detroit motor show is just around the corner but the Japanese manufacturer says it isn’t ready yet to reveal its highly-anticipated sports car three years on from when the FT-1 concept car was unveiled at the same show in 2014.
Speaking to Motor Trend, Toyota group vice president and GM for Toyota North America, Jack Hollis, said the yet-to-be-named coupe might still be called the Supra, reincarnating the legend, but it won’t be making an appearance just yet.
Specifically, it is too soon to show the car because specifications have not been finalised and the car is not at production levels. And while ‘Supra’ is a candidate for the badge, Hollis said “there are other names that could be better”, including the possibility that it will fall under the new Gazoo Racing Team brand rather than Toyota, as previously reported.
If the iconic Supra does return it will be the first time Toyota has printed the name since the fourth-generation stopped production in 2002.
Its final appearance is yet to be shown but the Japanese coupe has been spied testing around the Nurburgring, camouflaged with its German step-sibling the BMW Z4 roadster that will also see a shelved name brought back to the line-up.
Sharing development costs, Toyota and BMW have teamed-up to co-develop the vehicle platform with each adding individual adjustments and different drivelines, though it is tipped both will be available with a front-mounted four and six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive layout.
The cars will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
Speaking to TMR, a Toyota Australia spokesman was unable to add any further information except to say: “Toyota is preparing to showcase a concept of this sports car sometime in 2018 and that as would be expected Toyota Australia are part of the same global process to determine branding / naming”.
Beyond the upcoming coupe, Hollis said the company was also focusing on its SUV line-up and suggested looking at recent concept vehicles as a hint of future direction.
The first such concept was the FT-4X concept, revealed at the New York motor show in March, that reincarnates the spirit of the defunct FJ Cruiser, though it isn’t geared towards hard-core off-roading and is a more millennial-friendly style SUV built on top of the recent Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform architecture.
The less pretty TJ Cruiser concept was displayed at the Tokyo motor show in October which showed-off its versatile function over form approach with a spacious and practical interior.
The most recent FT-AC concept, revealed last month at the LA motor show, is an indication of the direction for the new Rav4 according to Hollis and may also preview styling of a new SUV which that slots between it and the mid-size Kluger, potentially housing a hybrid drivetrain.
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