Toy­ota set to un­veil Yaris-based SUV

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C-HR. Auto Ex­press re­ports the new SUV is set to be re­vealed in the sec­ond half of this year.

“It’ll be the sec­ond ve­hi­cle to use the Yaris’s TNGA-B ar­chi­tec­ture, which dif­fers from larger Tnga-c-based cars like the Corolla in us­ing a sim­pler, tor­sion-beam rear sus­pen­sion,” it states

the SUV is ex­pected to mea­sure around four me­tres long, around the same length as a Hyundai Venue.

For com­par­i­son, the new Yaris mea­sures 3940mm and the C-HR is 4360mm long. other small SUVS like the Mazda CX-3 and Nis­san Juke are just over 4200mm long.

toy­ota sees a spot in its range for an SUV both smaller and cheaper than the C-HR.

“SUV seg­ments in gen­eral are all con­tin­u­ing to grow,” toy­ota’s Euro­pean ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Matt Har­ri­son told Auto Ex­press.

“C-HR is play­ing in the very top end of what could al­most be a sort of coupecross­over C-seg­ment SUV. It doesn’t re­ally com­pete with other prod­ucts like Qashqai or more prac­ti­cal of­fer­ings.”

Should it reach Aus­tralia, it’ll give buy­ers a more af­ford­able SUV op­tion at Toy­ota deal­ers. The C-HR only just sneaks in un­der $30k be­fore on-road costs, nar­rowly un­der­cut­ting the larger RAV4, while hot­selling small SUVS like the Mit­subishi ASX start at around the $25k mark.

Some of the SUV’S ex­tra length over the Yaris may be in the wheelbase, al­low­ing for a more spa­cious cabin.

the new model will also be around 40mm taller than the Yaris, af­ford­ing it the cov­eted higher seat­ing po­si­tion of an SUV.

Ex­pect the SUV to share pow­er­trains with the 2020 Yaris in­stead of the C-HR.

That means a nat­u­rallyaspi­rated 1.5-litre three­cylin­der en­gine mated to ei­ther a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion or a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

that same en­gine can also be mated to a lithi­u­mion bat­tery in the Yaris, so ex­pect the SUV to like­wise of­fer a hy­brid op­tion.

the new Yaris will be avail­able with toy­ota’s E-four elec­tric all-wheeldrive sys­tem in the Ja­panese mar­ket, which also swaps out the tor­sion-beam rear sus­pen­sion for a dou­blewish­bone ar­range­ment.

this could be shared with the new SUV, though it’s pos­si­ble it could be front-wheel-drive-only in some mar­kets, much like the Hyundai Venue.

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