The smallest crossovers offered by Toyota today are the CH-R and the Raize, which are not offered locally. Soon, however, it's possible that an even smaller crossover will be joining the Japanese automaker’s ever expanding model lineup. How small, you ask? To give you an idea, the upcoming crossover will be based on the new Yaris hatchback. So yes, it will be small.
Toyota hasn’t given the small, high-riding model an official name just yet, though. The automaker has also announced that it will be offered in the European market. The announcement was accompanied by a teaser sketch of the said crossover together with a few technical and styling details.
The vehicle will be based on the GA-B platform which underpins the all-new Yaris. However, Toyota says the upcoming crossover won’t just be a rugged Yaris with body cladding and raised suspension. Instead, they will be giving it a distinct look and construction. Based on the teaser sketch Toyota has released it does not look anything like the new Yaris. Instead, it has a silhouette more similar to that of the RAV4.
“You won’t have to wait too long to see the final design, and you will see that this is not just a Yaris with body cladding and raised suspension, but an entirely new and distinctive B-SUV model with a compact, dynamic design and personality of its own,” said Matt Harrison, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Europe.
This upcoming model will be built in Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in Onnaing, near Valenciennes, France, alongside the new Toyota Yaris. The automaker expects that the upcoming crossover and Yaris will account for thirty percent of Toyota sales in Europe by 2025.
There is no word as to when the Yaris-based crossover will make its official debut. It also was not mentioned whether it will be exclusive to the European market or offered elsewhere around the world in the future.