Toyota has confirmed that it will be developing a new subcompact crossover SUV based on the new 4th gen Yaris that will be slotted below the C-HR. The yet unnamed SUV will ride on the latest GA-B iteration of TNGA modular platform. According to Toyota Europe’s Vice President Matt Harrison:
“We won’t have to wait too long to see the final design”
In terms of powertrain, the Yaris-based SUV is likely to get the M15A 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine, mated either to a 6-speed manual or a Direct Shift-CVT, with both FWD & AWD on offer. There is also a hybrid version that pairs the M15A unit with Toyota’s Hybrid System II (THS II) which can also be specified in FWD as well as E-Four (electric four-wheel-drive) configurations.
For long Toyota has been known for producing efficient, reliable and to-the-purpose cars rather than performance oriented adrenaline driven vehicles. However last year Toyota announced to change its image and consumer perception by launching a performance version of each of its core models. Recently Toyota has also launched the GR Yaris which has the world’s most powerful three-cylinder engine under its hood capable of punching out 257hp. The Yaris-based SUV is likely to be yet another addition to the new breed of exciting cars coming from Toyota’s stable.