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Cars Toyota confirms new small SUV for Europe

17:35  14 january  2020
17:35  14 january  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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Toyota will launch a Yaris-based small SUV for Europe , as the firm moves to capitalise on the ongoing popularity of compact high-riding models. Toyota said the name of the new model, volume plans and the timing of its introduction will be announced at a future date.

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a close up of a mans face: Toyota confirms new small SUV for Europe © Autocar Toyota confirms new small SUV for Europe a red car: The upcoming model will share its platform with the new-look Yaris, and could see the same powertrain options © Autocar The upcoming model will share its platform with the new-look Yaris, and could see the same powertrain options

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

The as-yet unnamed model was announced at a company showcase event, where Toyota revealed it would use the same TNGA-B platform as the new-generation Yaris introduced late last year.

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

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Earlier this week, Toyota officially announced that a brand- new small SUV will soon be added to the brand’s European portfolio. Nevertheless, it has been confirmed that the new compact SUV will be built alongside the Yaris in France; despite officially being different vehicles , they’re likely to have a

" Europe ’s subcompact crossover segment may be getting crowded, but Toyota is confident there’s still room for one more. Known for the time being simply as the “B- SUV ,” the new arrival “blends extensive small car experience with enviable SUV heritage,” which is the company’s way of saying the latest

Toyota said the name of the new model, volume plans and the timing of its introduction will be announced at a future date.

The new model will sit directly below the C-HR and should have slightly larger proportions than the Yaris supermini, in both width and length as well as the obvious height.

It is likely to share its powertrain options with the Yaris, meaning a choice of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol units as well as hybrid powertrains.

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

The new car will be built alongside the Yaris at Toyota's Onnaing plant in France.

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For now, Toyota has only confirmed the next-generation Yaris as a beneficiary of the GA-B but the automaker, has dropped hints that a new small SUV According to Autonews Europe , the new small crossover is likely to be built at the Valenciennes plant in France alongside the next-generation Yaris.

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