Toyota teases new styling at Beijing auto show

BEIJING -- Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a trio of concept cars at the Beijing show that tease a future front nose and grille styling that is arrow-like and sleek.

The concepts all take the pointy-nosed looks of the NS4 concept, which debuted in Detroit, one step further.

The China show concepts include the Yundong Shuangqing, a China-only hybrid sedan that was developed by Toyota's local r&d unit.

The other two are sedan and hatchback variants on the Dear Qin global strategic compact car.

That car will go on sale in China next year and eventually be taken to other emerging markets.

All thee sport tapered front fascia with slit-like headlights that follow the hood crease around the front fender.

The grille is a bold lower trapezoid.

Toyota, eager to shag its reputation for dull design, is clearly floating new ideas aimed at generating some double takes.

The look is definitely an aggressive break from Corolla-as-usual.

The progression from the NS4 hybrid concept indicates these styling cues have real legs and will be the face of Toyota's future lineup.