Representing a technological expansion of its European B-segment vehicle and offering a look at the primary styling of the next-gen Yaris that we'll also be seeing here, the Toyota Yaris HSD Concept debuted in Geneva. While Toyota offered few powertrain specifics, this gas/electric Yaris one-off and its subsequent production offshoot will be fitted with the firm's well-prove Hybrid Synergy Drive setup used to power the Prius and the European Auris HSD models.
Although its role in the U.S. will be filled by a volume-build version of the Prius C Concept that was presented earlier this year in Detroit, Toyota says the Yaris HSD Concept embodies basic exterior design cues that will be found on the upcoming conventional Yaris line in all markets. However, in HSD form, this compact five-door gets a unique front fascia contoured and vented much like the nose of the Prius C to optimize air flow. Also in the HSD mix are drag-reducing full underbody fairings, 18-inch aero wheels, an integral rear spoiler and sleeker door handle and small side-view cameras in place of conventional mirrors as well as low-draw LED running lights. Like other Toyota hybrid offerings, the Yaris HSD also sports special blue badging. Toyota plans to launch the Yaris HSD in Europe sometime during the latter half of 2012