Toyota in the US has detailed a number of different concept cars from its Calty Design Research team that were never shown to the public and never reached production.

    One of the most notable is the so-called X86D concept, essentially a four-door shooting brake version of the 86 sports car with low-slung bonnet and a curvaceous silhouette.

    This concept was created in 2012 after the Scion FR-S, a rebadged version of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, launched in North America.

    The aim of this concept was to see how the 86’s platform could be put to further use. It was also said to have all-wheel drive.

    On the inside it’s said to have a driver-centric cabin layout which mimics the cockpit of a race car.

    It wasn’t the only Calty Design Research concept Toyota has shown off.

    The 1989 Future High Performance concept is said to have a mid-mounted engine that can be raised from the vehicle to provide a cooling effect while driving.

    There’s also a nameless two-door electric city hatchback concept with a 2+2 seating configuration that was made before the first-generation Prius went into production in 1997.

    It’s claimed to be first “series foray” into electric vehicles (EVs). It has “excellent aerodynamics”, a “wind-cutting profile”, as well as thin tyres.

    The 2012 NYC concept was designed to explore future transportation in large cities. It had a “fence seat” for front passengers that required them to lean against the seat, rather than sit properly.

    Lastly, the Baby Lunar Cruiser (BLC) is built on a conceptual EV platform with in-wheel motors providing power to all four airless tyres.

    Inside there are joysticks used to steer the car, as well as to operate the accelerator and brakes. There’s also a two-person rear seat with a fold-down function for more cargo space.

    Although Toyota USA didn’t share this with the other concepts, the Calty Design Research team recently detailed an alternate interior design for the new-generation LandCruiser Prado.

    It has a range of retro touches, similar to the Ineos Grenadier, and includes a Toyota wordmark on the steering wheel, round air vents, and classic analogue instrument cluster.

    There are still ultra-modern features however including a large touchscreen infotainment system and three screens mounted close to the windscreen.

    What do you think about the concepts? Let us know in the comments below

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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