Toyota showed a new crossover in anticipation of the debut

Toyota showed a new crossover in anticipation of the debut

February 18, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The Japanese automaker has published the first teaser of its new compact SUV, created on the basis of the Yaris model.

The segment of European compact crossovers may already be crowded, but Toyota is confident that there is still free space for one model. Known now simply as the “B-SUV,” the Japanese car “combines extensive experience with small cars with an enviable legacy of SUVs,” the company says, claiming that the latest Yaris will get a crossover version. The new teaser shows off a bit of the rear of the vehicle, along with a mustard yellow color.

More important are the two icons in the lower right corner of the tailgate, indicating that the new product is available with all-wheel drive and a hybrid power plant. The blue Toyota icon further indicates that the car has an electrified motor and is surrounded, as it seems, by thin LED taillights overlooking the rear door.

The previous image of the model showed a sketch of the side profile of the B-SUV, hinting at an almost flat roof line. This makes us think that the new model will be more practical than the catchy C-HR, offering a more spacious cabin for passengers and their luggage. At the same time, it will have a longer wheelbase and off-road suspension.

Do not think that the B-SUV will simply be a cross-version of the Yaris, as Toyota has promised that it will be a “completely new and distinctive B-SUV” with a “compact, dynamic design and its own personality.” The two cars will share the TNGA-B platform and the 1.5-liter gas-electric hybrid, but the new model will get a clear personality.

The premiere of the B-SUV will be held March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show, where there will be journalists from AutoTimesNews. At the event, Toyota will also introduce the second generation Mirai, RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid and GR Yaris. In addition, the recently introduced four-cylinder Supra 2.0 is also heading to Switzerland.