New Concepts, New Customers For Toyota UUV | Part Two

Toyota UUV Interior

Innovative Concept

The Toyota UUV is a new generation of multi cross-over vehicle which blends the best characteristics of SUVs with other premium car values such as design, road behaviour, comfort and performance.

The UUV concept blends hatchback, saloon and estate into one harmonised multi-cross body. The car has 4x4 presence on the road with strong flared wheelarches and huge wheels. It is big (around 4,430mm long, 1,820mm wide and 1,650mm high). A long wheelbase ensures a spacious interior.

Yet the overall effect is sleek and aerodynamic. The exterior features strong sweeping character lines, sharp surface edges and a tall, sloping roofline. Tense, geometric surfaces are typical of the urban environment in which this car will mainly be seen.

Advanced Technology

Toyota is a worldwide leader in the SUV market with advanced 4x4 technology, proven reliability and design. The UUV builds on this positioning with further Japanese advanced thinking.

A key feature of the interior is the full width, dash mounted screen which offers entertainment and navigational functions to both driver and passenger. This system is called ‘Glass Vision’ and is supplied by Denso. This screen is made of a special resin called photopolymer, which is capable of refracting light in the form of a prism. Another component of the system is the projector, which is used to project a clear holographic image in this screen.

The advantages of ‘Glass Vision’ over a traditional LCD display are quite clear. This innovative system allows a more realistic display and allows a bigger projection area without the constraints of a 7’’ screen, like usual. Undoubtedly, ‘Glass Vision’ brakes new ground in the field of in-car navigation and entertainment systems.

Innovation also extends to the high performance, run-flat tyres especially designed for the UUV which allow Toyota to dispense with the spare tyre, saving space and weight.

Yet Functional And Comfortable

Ultimately, UUV will offer many of the car-like features which are so important to customers the world over. UUV may be progressive but it is also versatile; it may be striking but it is also spacious; it may be sporty but it is also comfortable.

Toyota’s Urban Utility Vehicle – a glimpse of the future?

Published : 22/11/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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