Toyota started testing new subcompact crossover based on YarisMarch 26, 2020
The team of engineers of the Japanese brand began a series of road tests of the new small crossover, which is based on the city’s Yaris hatchback.
Toyota’s new small crossover was due to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which was canceled due to coronavirus, scheduled for March this year. While most of the cars that were originally supposed to debut at this event were already presented one way or another, we never saw a Japanese novelty. In fact, we may have to wait a few weeks or even months, as the foreign publication Automotive News reports that the company decided to postpone the launch of the car due to adverse circumstances caused by coronavirus.
Meanwhile, foreign journalists currently based in the Arctic Circle have noticed some rather strange looking Yaris hatchbacks with increased ground clearance.
Upon closer inspection, it turns out that one of them has a body and headlights borrowed from the previous generation of the city kid, while the other seems to have more in common with the new Yaris.
These “spy” images show that Toyota has not yet finished testing its new Yaris-based crossover and there is no doubt that the serial version of the new product will look completely different. A teaser image published by the automaker’s press office in mid-February gave us an idea of the design of the rear of the model, and a design sketch hinted at its side profile. Compared to the other small crossover of the company – the C-HR model, we expect the new SUV to have a more traditional design, which would be a reasonable decision, since not all people are fans of the fancy C-HR style.
Based on the TNGA-B platform, like the updated Yaris hatchback, the nameless crossover will be available with a 1.5-liter gas-electric hybrid powertrain and four-wheel drive. Toyota has promised that it will be more than just a crossover version of a subcompact hatchback, as the new all-terrain vehicle will become “a completely new and characteristic model of the B-SUV segment”.
According to rumors, the new small Toyota crossover will go on sale in Europe in March 2021.
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