Toyota is reportedly readying a new small SUV for its global markets. The SUV will be based on the new generation Yaris hatchback, which was revealed globally in 2019. The new small SUV will be based on the TNGA-B platform, which it will share with the new Yaris.
Since it will be based on the TNGA, the new small SUV, which is yet to get an official name, should get an electrified powertrain. If rumours are to be believed, the SUV is already being considered by Toyota’s European division, which will offer it below the C-HR in its portfolio to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. The new Toyota SUV is expected to hit the company’s British showrooms in 2021.
Online reports also suggest that Toyota is developing the small SUV keeping the length of 4m in mind, which obviously puts it in consideration for the Indian market as well given the tax relaxation that sub-4m vehicles get here. However, given that the TNGA platform is not localised in India, and any small car with less localisation will be too expensive to make a case for itself in our value-conscious market, the new Toyota SUV might not make it to our shores in the near future. Even the New Yaris, on which this upcoming SUV will be based, is unlikely to come to India given the damped market response to the current model. The Yaris is available in India as a compact sedan and it rivals the likes of the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
For India, Toyota has plans to offer a renewed version of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the next couple of years. It will rival in the sub-compact SUV space against cars like the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport. Renault is also expected to offer a vehicle in this segment soon, codenamed HBC. HBC will hit Renault showrooms in India in the second half of 2020.