Toyota has been noticed testing a prototype for a brand new subcompact crossover powered by batteries.
The electrical crossover is a manufacturing model of the Small SU EV idea that was among the many dozen ideas Toyota introduced in late 2021. It’s anticipated to be revealed in manufacturing guise late this yr or early subsequent.
It should possible show too small for the U.S. market. Toyota’s smallest electrical crossover for the U.S. will possible be the manufacturing model of the bZ Compact SUV idea that debuted final November on the 2022 Los Angeles auto present.
The prototype in our spy photographs, although camouflaged, already seems to be like an in depth match to the Small SU EV idea. An analogous design will function on a redesigned C-HR arriving about the identical time as this crossover. The U.S. will even miss out on the redesigned C-HR which Toyota has confirmed can be supplied with common hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain choices. Toyota offered an early take a look at the brand new C-HR with the reveal of the C-HR Prologue idea final month.
Toyota Small SU EV idea
It is not clear what platform the electrical crossover will use however a chance is Toyota’s new E3 design introduced in 2021. The E3 combines parts of Toyota’s TNGA platform for ICE autos and e-TNGA platform for devoted EVs, enabling it to help each ICE and electrical powertrains. The brand new C-HR will even possible use this platform.
It additionally is not clear what identify the crossover will use. If it is a part of Toyota’s bZ (Past Zero) household of EVs, a attainable identify is bZ2X. Toyota on the L.A. auto present stated it plans 5 bZ fashions, down from a earlier plan for seven.