Remember the Toyota S-FR concept unveiled more than two weeks ago? Now it has made its debut at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show in Japan and it looks quite cute with its rounded body that gives it an almost cartoonish appearance suitable for a toy car. The concept is actually more than just for show off purposes as rumors are indicating a production version is on the agenda and will hit the market as soon as 2016. It is expected to have joust about the same design and identical proportions: 3990 mm long, 1695 mm wide and 1320 mm tall and with a 2480 mm wheelbase.
Details regarding what powers the concept are still shrouded in mystery, but Japanese media is suggesting the car has a 1.5-liter inline-four engine taken from the Corolla sold locally. However, the motor has received a direct injection system along with several other upgrades that have bumped power to somewhere in the region of 130 bhp and 148 Nm.
That doesn’t seem too much, but the Toyota S-FR is believed to weigh just 980 kg, so it has a very good power-to-weight ratio. It should be a very fun car to drive as it allegedly has a rear-wheel drive layout and a six-speed manual transmission, all wrapped around in a lightweight package.
It should also be quite nimble thanks to the front and rear double wishbone suspension while the compact dimensions should make it a blast to drive around town. The simple yet functional interior cabin seems like a nice place to be, especially for the person behind the wheel as the cockpit is driver-focused and comes with a fully digital instrument cluster like on a racecar.
If the rumors are true, expect the Toyota S-FR concept to go into production next year in Japan, with international markets to follow shortly, including United States where it will likely be badged as a Scion.