It is to be believed that Toyota’s Thailand division is currently in the early stages of development of an all-new SUV based on the same underpinnings as that of the CH-R crossover. Toyota’s New Global Architecture, short of TNGA, in addition to the CH-R, also underpins the current generation Prius and Camry sedan. This all-new SUV from the Japanese automaker is going to get an upright stance in contrast to the CH-R which comes with a crossover design.
Still, in its early stages of development, this all-new SUV, when launched in Thailand, is going to sit below the CH-R in the automaker’s model line-up. Developed in Thailand, this new SUV from Toyota will have this country as its primary market. The global unveiling of the same is likely to take place, not before mid-2020. When launched in the international market, this vehicle will compete against the likes of Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3 among others.
The new Toyota SUV based on the CH-R platform could get two powertrain options. These will include petrol and a petrol-hyrbid alternative. The petrol engine is likely to be a 1.2-litre, turbocharged unit. While the hybrid option will be a 1.8-litre petrol engine paired to an electric motor.
Recently, there have been a lot of speculations regarding Toyota considering to launch a new SUV in the Indian market. Currently, the Japanese automaker does not have a single utility vehicle offering below the premium SUV. With the Fortuner leading the segment, it is quite apparent that there scope for a compact SUV from Toyota below the INR 20 lakh price range.
If launched in India, this SUV will sit above the Toyota rebadged Vitara Brezza. It is likely to cost somehwere in-between the price range of INR 12 lakh to INR 16 lakh. Competition will include the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Maruti’s new Compact SUV.