The Amazing Shrinking car
It seems like Toyota has learned quite a bit from building the Toyota iQ (follow link for photos), the "Smallest Four-Passenger Car in the World". But the question really was, if they can fit 4 people in a car that small, how many people could they fit in a car that is still small, but slightly bigger.
It seems like we're getting an answer, because Toyota has unveiled in Japan a 7-passenger MPV that will be about the size of a Yaris (compact car)... Read on for more.
7 People in a Compact Car
The car is called the Toyot Passo Sette, thought it's not entirely clear yet what countries will get it and if that name will be global.
All variants of the Passo Sette and the Boon Luminas are powered by the 1.5 liter 3SZ-VE engine putting out 109 PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. Both front wheel drive and 4WD variants use a 4-speed auto, and the front wheel drive version is rated at 15.6km per liter under the 10-15 Japanese test cycle. There is an Eco-Drive indicator light on the dashboard to inform the driver when his driving style is economical. [...]
6 SRS airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control, Dynamic Support Headrests which reduce the risk of rear-end collision whiplash, and finally ABS brakes.
No word on MPG yet, but it should be pretty good for a 7-passenger vehicle. the closest thing we can think of on the roads of North-America is the Mazda 5, but it is bigger and has a bigger engine, so MPG will probably be better on the Passo Sette.
The compact Toyota Passo Sette measures: 4,180mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,620mm tall, with a long 2,750mm wheelbase to maximize the interior space.
This vehicle could be especially useful to people who sometimes need to cary many passengers, but not often. Those that are driving every day in an empty minivan, but a few times a month need to carry part of the soccer team or whatever. It would also be much easier to park in urban areas.
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