Toyota is teasing its FT-Se GR electric sports car and the FT-3E crossover concept

Toyota is teasing its FT-Se GR electric sports car and the FT-3E crossover concept

The Toyota FT-Se and FT-3e concept vehicles are intended to be more than simple transportation tools

16 October 2023 at 01:20

Toyota has teased two exciting concept vehicles that will debut at the 2023 Japan Mobility Expo on October 26. Both concepts are battery electric vehicles and are called FT-Se and FT-3e respectively.

The Toyota FT-Se is the more interesting of the two cars because it takes the form of a high-performance sports car bearing the GR badge. Toyota describes it as “one of the options for sports cars in the era of carbon neutrality” and notes that it benefits from the experience that Gazoo Racing has gained in motorsport in recent years.

The FT-Se’s wide, low profile immediately catches the eye, and while Toyota already makes the GR 86 and Supra sports cars, the FT-Se looks nothing like either. Instead, it appears to be an upgraded version of the GR Sports Concept, an electric model similar to the MR2, which was unveiled at the end of 2021.

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At the back appear slim LED taillights that curve upwards and along thin vertical fins on either side. The teaser also shows a prominent GR badge on the pronounced rear lip spoiler and we can also see the sexy diffuser in black.

More: Toyota GR sport concept may become MR2 in the era of electric cars

Most of the FT-Se’s exterior is covered in orange but includes a black roof and black side mirrors. A separate teaser also shows off the interior of the car where we can see a prominent digital instrument cluster, a yoke-shaped steering wheel, and infotainment displays on either side of the yoke. Toyota also says it will feature “newly designed knee pads to protect the body from G-forces while driving.” The automaker adds that the concept seeks to “address stability and aerodynamic performance” and will support software updates.

Then we have the Toyota FT-3e. It’s a stylish, battery-electric crossover concept that includes an LED light strip running across the rear. Dozens of vertical LEDs are also placed along the base of the doors and can display battery charge, interior temperature and cabin air quality. Its exterior design is largely devoid of the curves and creases of the FT-Se and is much more angular. Toyota says the lines and exterior surfaces have been made “as simple as possible.”

Read: Toyota introduces new concepts for Tokyo including Boxy EV, Coupe and Sedan

Toyota believes that both concept vehicles represent more than just physical transportation tools, and that they will provide “the fun of personalizing a personal ride, as well as convenient functions for stress-free browsing of local area information.”

Be sure to follow CarScoops over the next two weeks as our coverage of the Japanese Mobility Expo, which runs from October 26 to November 5, continues.

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