Toyota is working on an all-new global SUV that will be launched sometime in next year in the international markets. This will be a new compact SUV that will be positioned below the Toyota CH-R the Japanese manufacturer’s line-up.
The all-new SUV will be underpinned by the all-new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) architecture that also forms the base of the Toyota Prius hybrid and the all-new Corolla, which will be launched in the Indian market later this year. As per sources, the all-new SUV is still in very stages of development and Toyota will design it to look like conventional SUV. The CH-R looks much like a sporty SUV-Coupe. It will mean that the vehicle will offer straighter pillars.
The Toyota CH-R takes on the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in the international markets. The all-new SUV will be launched in the Hyundai Creta and the Tata Harrier segment. In the global markets, it will also take on the likes of Honda HR-V, which is expected to be launched in the Indian market too. At the moment, Toyota has joined hands with Maruti Suzuki and will soon launch the rebadged version of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Toyota has missed out a lot in the sub-4m Compact SUV segment till now. The segment, which was popularised by the Ford EcoSport now has many vehicles like the Mahindra XUV 300, Tata Nexon and it will soon see an offering by Hyundai too.
Toyota’s only SUV offering in India is the Fortuner, which is extremely popular in the segment. It takes on the likes of Mahindra Alturas and the Ford Endeavour. The popularity of SUVs has increased immensely in recent years in the Indian market. However, it is almost non-existent in the SUV segment in India as it only offers a single model that falls under the SUV segment.
There is no news about the launch of the all-new compact SUV in the Indian market at the moment. Also, Toyota has not revealed if the upcoming will be focused on the developed markets like Europe or emerging markets like India and Indonesia.
The upcoming cars from Toyota in India also include the rebadged form of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback. It will be the first car that will come out of the strategic partnership between Toyota and Maruti Suzuki in India. Soon after, the rebadged version of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will be launched. Maruti Suzuki will supply a pre-determined number of vehicles to Toyota. In the future, Toyota will provide the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis to Maruti, and it will become the first full hybrid vehicle from India’s largest manufacturer. Both the manufacturers will add their design to the cars and tweak the cars to ensure that they carry the family DNA.