Toyota plans to extend its hold on the SUV segment by preparing to launch a mid-size SUV based on the GA-B platform
The mid-size SUV could launch sometime during the second half of the year 2020.
For the Indian market, the plans for launching a rebadged version of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza are very much on the cards.
Of late, the mid-size SUV has become a popular vehicle with vehicles like the MG Hector, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and others catching the eye of auto lovers all over India. Toyota, a reputed manufacturer of SUVs in India like the Innova Crysta plans to extend its base in the mid-size SUV segment, as well. One such endeavour is the rebadging of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza under the partnership arrangement between the two automobile behemoths.
At the same time, Toyota is also planning to launch a mid-size SUV on its own based on the Yaris platform, the GA-B configuration. In this connection, one should note that Toyota had introduced the Raize in Japan sometime in November 2019. This vehicle shared its platform with the Daihatsu Rocky with the Rocky, itself drawing inspiration from the DN Trec Concept. Thus, sharing platforms is not new to Toyota.
The new SUV will be the second vehicle built on the GA-B platform (TNGA platform) after the Toyota Yaris. This vehicle will rank below the C-HR in the hierarchy and is expected to make a debut in the second half of 2020. Once ready for a launch, it will compete with the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur. Toyota plans to keep the overall length of the vehicle under the 4-metre mark.
The launch of the new SUV will open up a new chapter in Europe’s B-SUV segment, as the preference of people is moving gradually towards the mid-size SUVs from the C-segment hatchbacks. Toyota has not disclosed any details about the new SUV other than the fact that the vehicle will be based on the GA-B platform.
Though based on the Yaris platform, the vehicle will be bigger than the hatchback model. Toyota plans to equip the car with small capacity engines and a hybrid system to comply with the strict emission norms prevailing in Europe. This 5-seater mid-size SUV could well come with a 1.5L petrol or electric system. It could also launch an exclusive petrol model, as well in the future depending on the market conditions and demand. The European-spec vehicle could feature high-quality suspensions such as the MacPherson Strut for the front wheels and the torsion beam for the rear. The higher variants could get an all-wheel-drive option, as well.
The Indian automobile market has tremendous demand for mid-size SUVs in recent times. Therefore, Toyota is relying on the rebadged versions of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza to fulfil the aspirations of its extensive clientele. One can expect these vehicles to be built on the GA-C platform with distinctive features.
Source - AutoExpress