A Toyota executive in Europe has hinted the Japanese firm will soon launch a “practical” Yaris-based crossover below the C-HR.
Speaking to Auto Express, Toyota’s European executive vice-president Matt Harrison admitted there was space for another small crossover below the facelifted C-HR.
“SUV segments in general are all continuing to grow. C-HR is playing in the very top end of what could almost be a sort of coupé-crossover C-segment SUV. It doesn’t really compete with other products like Qashqai or more practical offerings,” he said.
“If you look at the level of conquest we have with that car, it’s incredible, even from premium brands. But the way that area of the market is continuing to grow and sub-divide, there would definitely be opportunities for additional products. I don’t think for a minute that we’ve got it all covered with C-HR,” Harrison said.
According to the British publication, the as-yet unnamed newcomer has already been approved by the firm’s Japanese headquarters and is likely to be revealed in the second half of 2020.
It is set to ride on the TNGA-B platform (as employed by the latest Yaris), which Toyota has already said will offer “a great deal of modularity”, resulting in a “variety of wheelbase lengths, vehicle heights and track widths”.
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