The mini SUV from Japanese manufacturer rivals with the Suzuki Jimny in some international markets and will replace Toyota Rush.
The sub-4-metre compact SUV market is gaining popularity and manufacturers are bringing in products to suffice the needs of the buyers. Hyundai brought in the Venue, Tata made its entry with the Nexon and now Toyota will soon debut its compact SUV in global markets.
The compact SUV from Toyota will be the production version of the Daihatsu DN-Trec concept which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor in 2017. The compact SUV is expected to be a replacement of the Toyota Rush which is available in many international markets.
Lengthwise it will measure 3.8m which puts in the same bracket as Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. And with the non-availability of a mini SUV from Toyota, the Japanese manufacturer might bring its product to the Indian markets soon. However, with the partnership of Maruti and Toyota, this product can be on for hold for a while now.
The car features a large honeycomb grille at the front with slim chrome garnish with the company’s badge. It will also carry LED headlamps, LED fog lamps and LED taillights. Toyota’s mini SUV will also receive a contrasting black roof for the styling part along with body cladding on the side profile as well as front and rear bumpers.
As said above, the subcompact SUV is based on the DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture) which is a derivative of TNGA. The new platform provides increased fuel economy, improved visibility, 40% reduction in manufacturing costs, more responsive steering and among others.
The powertrain for the mini SUV will be limited to 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine as of now. The power figures are not yet confirmed but it will be available with a two and four-wheel drive options. We expect transmission will include an automatic as well as a manual gearbox. In some global markets, the soon to be unveiled compact SUV from Toyota will rival against the Suzuki Jimny.
Currently, Toyota made its entry into the premium hatchback segment with the Glanza, which is just a rebadged Baleno. Based on the Toyota-Maruti partnership, it will see Maruti supplying the Ciaz, Ertiga and Brezza to the Japanese automaker. And Toyota will share hybrid electric vehicles technologies with Maruti.