You’d be forgiven for being skeptical of the Toyota i-ROAD. It’s tiny. It’s electric. It’s got three wheels. It’s only got room for two passengers.
All of this is true, but most relevantly, looking at how it corners, it might actually be a lot of fun to drive.
The basic idea behind the i-ROAD is “urban mobility,” essentially code for “tiny little car that will haul your ass places for cheap since you won’t take the bus.”
This idea isn’t uncommon, although it doesn’t really have a lot of traction in the US since most executions of the concept look like toys.
The i-ROAD, on the other hand, has what Toyota is calling an “Active Lean” system, meaning that when you take a sharp corner, the car leans one way or the other. It’s a bit like a motorcycle with more safety systems.
Granted not every problem is licked: Some paintjobs make it look like a Smartcar that hit a landmine. But on the other hand, who hasn’t wanted to rip through a city on a motorcycle? This might be the closest the more timid of us get.
Self-Leaning Toyota Concept To Debut In Geneva [Motor Authority]