Toyota to reveal new small SUV at Geneva motor show

Toyota's new B-segment SUV

Toyota has revealed a sketch of its new small SUV for Europe

Yaris-based model is set to rival Nissan Juke, promising distinctive styling and city-friendly dimensions

Toyota will launch a Yaris-based small SUV for Europe as it moves to capitalise on the ongoing popularity of compact high-riding models.

The as-yet-unnamed model, set to be unveiled in close-to-production form at the Geneva motor show, was announced at a company showcase event, where Toyota revealed it would use the same TNGA-B platform as the all-new Yaris that was revealed late last year.

However, Toyota’s European vice-president, Matthew Harrison, promised that the car won’t be “just a Yaris with body cladding and raised suspension”. Instead, it will be “an entirely new and distinctive B-SUV model” with a “compact, dynamic design and a personality of its own”. 

Toyota said the name of the SUV, volume plans and the timing of its introduction will be announced at a future date but confirmed that it will use the same 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain as its new supermini. No mention was made of the 1.0-litre petrol engine found lower down in the Yaris line-up, suggesting the SUV could be launched as a hybrid only.

Sitting directly below the C-HR, it will be longer, wider and taller than the Yaris, with a longer wheelbase, and offer ‘intelligent’ four-wheel drive system and proper off-road suspension, according to Toyota representatives. 

Toyota expects the model to make up almost 30% of European sales volume, along with the Yaris, by 2025. It will face stiff competition from the all-new Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Ford Puma.

The SUV will be built alongside the Yaris at Toyota’s plant in Onnaing, France.

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