Toyota recently took the covers of the 2012 NS4 Plug-in Hybrid during the auto show in Detroit. Experts say that this concept vehicle might be a hint of how future mid-size sedans from Toyota will be like.
Multiple engineering teams collaborated to come up with the Toyota concept car with focus on passenger interaction and connectivity. Another goal is to have it along the production pipeline by 2015. The second part sounds like a good news since it might be destined to hit the roads.
The result of the team up of different teams is the 2012 NS4 Concept which can be a future Camry come 2016 or maybe it can give rise to a new range of plug-in hybrids that will be delivered by a sub-brand of Toyota.
The drivetrain of the concept vehicle gets its DNA from the current Hybrid Synergy Drive although the engineers made use of lighter and smaller components to make it more efficient, give it a better fuel economy, better electric range, and quicker acceleration.
The exterior design lines of the Toyota NS4 aims to create an emotional link with the consumers. And looking back at the sedans of present and of past, the NS4 concept might be the boldest in terms of design.
The interior of the car spotlights safety of its occupants and connectivity. The touch screen interface has the control for audio, ventilation, and other essential systems. The car also has an adaptive technology which learns usual command inputs.
The NS4 also has a pre-collision system that makes use of wave radar and cameras for detection of daylight and also as near infrared system to be utilized during night time. This tools are combined with a collision warning system and a prevention technology that triggers the brakes and provides steering inputs.
The Toyota NS4 will also have lane departure technology, monitoring blind spot, and adaptive headlights which varies in intensity and shape depending on the driving conditions.