features a four-foot bed, but has more flexibility than the standard
pickup truck. A translucent roof panel slides open to
allow for tall cargo in the cab. When the pass-through midgate
is folded down into the cab the bed lengthens an additional two feet.
An open tailgate provides an additional two-foot of bed length.
A-BAT offers customers the versatility of hauling a standard 4x8 sheet
of plywood one day, then taking a family on a camping trip to the lake
has features perfect for work and play. These
include tailgate lighting for illuminating the load in the bed, a first
aid kit and flashlight integrated into the tailgate, sliding tie downs,
and an AC power outlet. Items
such as sports and leisure equipment can be stored in the lockable drawers
in the bed walls. The concept also has additional storage that
is accessible through sliding doors conveniently placed in and outside
of the truck bed. For
even more storage capacity the A-BAT comes with a large sliding drawer
beneath the bed, accessible without opening the tailgate.
the A-BAT is rugged and has a spirited exterior, the interior team
worked to create a modern look for the interior.
"We balanced colors and fabrics that were
both bright and vibrant, but also captured an urban-rugged feel with their energetic
and geometric qualities," said
Alan Schneider, Project Chief Designer.
"The inspiration behind
the exposed structure on the interior was drawn from high-end mountain bike frames," added
Daryl Harris, Senior Creative Designer.
applied lightweight construction materials, such as carbon fiber and
aluminum, to the instrument panel, console and seats for increased
structural rigidity while reducing mass."
rigid, yet sculptured alloy center console runs between the two front
seats and houses a portable power pack. The battery pack offers
both AC and DC for a wide variety of applications including powering
tools, electrical gear while camping, a laptop computer, small appliances
or assisting a vehicle jump start.
trim, shoulder, armrest and instrument panel pads and seat cushions
are made of a tough, lightweight and comfortable material that can
be selected for personalization. In
addition the colors are coordinated to enhance the sleek interior environment.
The center console and door pockets feature carbon fiber components
to complete the durable and modern look.
A-BAT offers numerous seating and storage configurations. In
addition to the rear seats folding down with the midgate to extend the
cargo bed length, the rear seat cushions can retract beneath the cargo
bed to increase rear cab cargo flexibility. A removable storage
tray beneath the rear seat offers tie downs and organizing compartments
to secure loose cargo.
the A-BAT has a retractable portable navigation unit with a seven-inch
diagonal screen and Wi-Fi internet. Other advanced features include
a port for portable device assistant synchronization and a hard drive
for digital music.
the driver and front passenger have a large multi-information display
screens on the IP to view the status of their high tech gadgets and HVAC
and audio settings.
panels on the dash recapture energy from the sun to assist in the charging
of the navigation unit, portable power pack and backlit information
concept is the next evolution of the compact truck," said
Hunter. "We were able to create a compact truck that's
utilitarian, has an original profile compared to other pickup trucks,
has a 'small, but tough' character and is economical to operate. The
A-BAT is a fun-to-drive, practical package that reflects Toyota’s
environmental sustainability message."