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Toyota planning compact crossover for 2016?

Toyota planning compact crossover for 2016?

Snapshot: Source close to Toyota are hinting at an upcoming compact crossover.

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The model in question is believed to be a production version of the C-HR concept showcased last year, but obviously it will look considerably toned down compared to what we see in the attached images. It’s known at this point as the Auris Cross, but most likely it will get a different name to indicate it’s going to be a standalone model rather than being slotted within the Auris family. This decision makes sense taking into account the Auris is not sold all over the world, so Toyota will prefer to use a different name with a more global appeal.

It is believed the model will be positioned as a competitor for the Nissan Qashqai and will apparently ride on the TNGA - Toyota New Global Architecture. Interestingly, this new platform will enable Toyota to create a more spacious interior cabin than the Qashqai, even though the car’s size is expect to be slightly smaller than Nissan’s crossover.

The report goes on to specify the new crossover will be one of the first models from Toyota to come with a more upscale interior cabin so chances are it will have more soft touch materials along with a better fit and finish, necessary if the model wants to be a worthy player in the crowded compact crossover segment.

We won’t be too surprised if Toyota will bring to the Frankfurt Motor Show due next month a more near-production concept of the crossover, ahead of an official premiere in final guise at the Geneva Motor Show programmed for March 2016. Sales of the model will likely commence shortly thereafter initially in Europe, but the car’s availability will probably be expanded in many other regions across the world. Details regarding a possible launch in India are not available at this point, but we will keep you posted once we hear something.

Source: Autocar UK

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