The Japanese manufacturer has released a single teaser image of its new concept for the Tokyo Motor Show, but revealed nothing further about the project.
The UK’s Autocar however is reporting that Murray is behind the new concept, following his work with Yamaha in designing the Motiv.e city car concept which debuted at the Tokyo show in 2013.
Japanese press reports earlier this year predicted the Motiv.e was destined for a showroom debut in Europe before the end of 2019, but whether this new concept also previews a road-going model or not remains to be seen.
The teaser image shows a two-door coupe design with perhaps a wraparound rear window and protruding tail lamps. It is a likely contender in the (very) ‘small’ sports car category, but Yamaha has not confirmed this.
Also unconfirmed is the name “4Wheeler”, which is rumoured to be the tag given to the concept by its creator.
Murray’s iStream design process is believed to feature in the new concept, which is a follow-up to the 2013 Motiv.e.
Upon its unveiling two years ago, both Yamaha and Murray said the Motiv.e’s design could lend itself to a coupe or convertible. Is the concept teased here the first of such spin-offs?
The Motiv.e’s powerplants could motivate the coupe version, including the 25kW/896Nm all-electric system and a 1.0 litre petrol engine making around 60kW.
2015 appears to have been a busy year for Murray, with the F1 designer also on board to assist with the styling at the re-born TVR.
Stay tuned to TMR for an unveiling of Yamaha’s new concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.