Toyota Thailand is working on to develop a new compact crossover. According to a chatter from a Thailand automotive forum, the automaker is at the early stages of a new compact crossover, which be based on the TNGA-C [Toyota New Global Architecture] platform. Since, the SUV is at the early stages of development, not much is known about it yet. The only thing that can be confirmed about the SUV other than the TNGA-C platform is that it be developed on chassis floor and Toyota C-HR concept. It is expected that the brand will make the car production ready by mid 2020. The new compact crossover will be developed in Thailand. The Pirus and the C-HR crossover are also developed based on this TNGA-C platform.
According to the HeadlightMag forum, Toyota Thailand is leading the charge in developing the new crossover which is expected to be positioned below the C-HR. It is also being said that the upcoming product would employ a conventional SUV-ish styling rather than having a radical design like the C-HR which is quite popular in European and Southeast Asian markets.
The new Toyota compact crossover, which is expected to be ready by the mid 2020 is expected to have Thailand as its primary production base. In the brand’s line up, the new SUV will be placed above the Toyota Rush. When launched, the new compact crossover will lock horns with the Nissan Juke, the Chevrolet Tracker, the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3, etc. In case if the manufacturer decides to introduce the TCGA-C based new SUV to the auto markets of our country, it would compete on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Maruti S-Cross. However, The Toyota New Global Architecture platform will be localized in India because the next generation Corolla. Being developed based on the TNGA-C platform, the next gen Corolla will improve to cost structure of the SUV.
The all new compact SUV is likely to borrow the mechanic from the brand’s new Corolla and C-HR. The engine options include a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle petrol hybrid unit. The power output figures are not yet revealed.