No other technical or launch details have been revealed at this time, but we expect Toyota will offer more at the Tokyo motor show later this month. This will be the next generation of the Toyota "Concept-i", a concept, which was exhibited at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Electric auto made in the dimensions of 4,530×1,840×1,480 mm with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm and a weight of 1680 kg, it accommodates four people and can travel from a full charge battery an unnamed capacitance on the order of 300 km. The groovy and hi-tech design cues are a given, but what really strikes a chord is Toyota's newest interactive personal assistant powered by leading-edge A.I. technology.
Inside, the Mirai concept offers what looks to be a production-ready design, with EV-appropriate copper accents against a black trim (with it's still a family auto grey headliner above).
It can be seen live at Tokyo Motor Show in late October of this year. But unlike other concepts, the LQ actually works.
The automatic driving system of the fourth level (Level 4 SAE2) will allow the driver not to touch the helm from the beginning to the end of the trip.
Toyota calls it Yui, and it exists exclusively to provide the driver and passengers a 'personalized mobility experience.' According to the Japanese carmaker, Yui can interact with passengers using voice control, in-seat functions, and vehicle ambient lighting. According to Toyota, the LQ is capable of SAE Level 4 automated driving - which means the auto can drive itself in full autonomy on specific areas like wide-open highways. Toyota says this also increases space in auto parks because vehicles can park closer together. It improves accessibility for users with mobility limitations such as people with physical disabilities, pregnant women, seniors, users with infants, and people who have difficulty parking.
Continuing Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda's mandate for a more emotionally-inspired design theme across the brand's model lines, the new concept boasts a look that is sportier and more imposing in its proportions than the quirky futuristic look of the current Mirai. The carmaker has also announced that there will be "Toyota Yui Project Tours 2020", including a public test-drive event, which is scheduled to run between June and September 2020. If the footwell in the front passenger seat lights up, it means Yui is communicating with that particular person, which is cool. Interested applicants can download the Yui smartphone and register a slot for a chance to drive the LQ and interact with Yui.