Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC)’s mega-showcase of future EVs on December 14, 2021, included a wide range of SUVs that would cover multiple segments and serve a variety of use cases. One of the concept models likely previewed the future Toyota Yaris Cross EV – Toyota Small SUEV (Toyota SU EV). Currently, the Yaris Cross is available as a hybrid for the European market.
Toyota’s lifestyle EV lineup
TMC is designing a special line-up of eight Toyota EVs that are lifestyle models, including a few SUVs designed for customers with an active lifestyle. The Toyota Small SUEV concept will become one of them. The concept hints at a slightly softer and sportier design compared to the squarish ICE Yaris Cross. The lower and more sloping bonnet, the C-shaped slimmer headlights, and the concave nose particularly amplify the impression.
On the sides, the shape of the Toyota SUEV concept’s glass area is similar to that of the Yaris Cross, but the wheel arches are circular flared wheel arches instead of squarish ones. Don’t expect the flush door handles to make it to production. It’s worth noting that the higher-segment Toyota bZ4X doesn’t get this feature either.
The Yaris Cross EV or whatever Toyota ends up naming the production SUEV concept won’t be a standalone EV. It will likely be a derivative of an internal combustion-engined model. When Simon Humphries, TMC’s Design Senior General Manager, presented the SUEV and other lifestyle EV concepts, he said:
We believe that truly good products create new experiences for the customer, enhancing their chosen lifestyle directions. From that point of view, each electric vehicle should be unique and special, not only those on dedicated platforms but also those related to existing models.Simon Humphries, Design Senior General Manager, Toyota Motor Corporation (Media Briefing on Battery EV Strategies, December 14, 2021)
On Toyota’s E3 platform
Toyota could rework the GA-B small car platform, which belongs to the TNGA platform family, to add electric powertrain compatibility when battery prices fall substantially. The company is taking a similar approach for some of its compact EVs. The company plans to modify the GA-C compact car platform with elements from the e-TNGA platform, as per a report from Automotive News Europe. This modified base called the ‘E3,’ will underpin the next-gen Toyota C-HR.
Toyota Yaris Cross EV Release Date
TMC plans to roll out 30 EVs by 2030, and including the bZ4X, at least 13 of them are Toyota models. The Toyota Yaris Cross EV could enter dealer showrooms in the second half of the decade, competing with the VW ID.2, Renault 4 and the Seat UrbanRebel.
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