Toyota are working on a mid-size SUV which will be sold in various markets across the globe. This mid-size SUV will be based on the automaker’s popular crossover, the C-HR. According to reports, the mid-size SUV will be revealed as early as next-year.
It will be underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA-C (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. This platform also underpins the C-HR, vastly popular in European and South East Asian markets. The vehicle will be positioned below the C-HR in Toyota’s global line-up.
This mid-size SUV was already spied testing in India some time ago. When launched, it will sit in between Toyota’s Vitara Brezza derivative and the Fortuner. The fact that SUV’s being in good demand here will also help the automaker.
Engine-wise, the options of a 1.2-litre petrol motor and a 1.8-litre hybrid-petrol motor have been shortlisted. These motors are seen on the new Corolla as well as the C-HR. It will be interesting to see whether any of these engines will be heading to our shores.
There is also talk that the upcoming mid-size SUV will get an electric motor under it’s hood. We can expect confirmation regarding it to arrive soon. Globally, the vehicle will be rivaling the likes of the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and the Chevrolet Tracker.
It’s Indian version will lock horns with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier and the Nissan Kicks. We can expect Toyota to launch the vehicle to the Indian market sometime in 2021. Given Toyota’s reputation, the automaker may not shy away from commanding a premium for the vehicle.
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