If you live in the city, but love to go on adventures and explore the wide world, finding a vehicle that will work for both situations can be difficult. Until now, that is. Take a look at Toyota’s U-squared concept. This incredibly flexible Toyota vehicle is inspired by urban dwellers who love to do their own thing, whether that is being an urban homesteader, brewing their own beer, or making their own soap.
The U-squared made its debut during a panel discussion in San Francisco hosted by the magazine Make. It will then make its public debut on September 20 at the World Maker Faire in New York City.
With the exception of the checkerboard design, the exterior of the U-squared isn’t remarkably different from any other panel van, but it’s the inside that really counts.
The U-squared has an entirely flexible interior that can change from seating for four down to just the driver’s seat. Carrying a tall load? Just roll back the roof to make room. If you’re loading something heavy with wheels, simply lower the rear hatch and it turns into a loading ramp.
Designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in California, they had makers in mind when creating this unique vehicle. “Toyota saw an opportunity for a new approach to an urban vehicle based on increasing re-urbanization of our cities and urban drivers’ desire for flexibility, fun and maneuverability,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty, in a statement.
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