Toyota’s Land Hopper has generated a fair bit of attention as a compact, and presumably, more affordable, compact Cruiser and more rumours suggest that the model will only be offered in ICE and hybrid powertrains.
As electrification begins manifesting itself into all things motoring, there is an expectation that all new models arriving in the short term will feature a fully electrified derivative. Toyota on the other hand is rumoured to only be offering their pending Land Hopper as ICE and hybrid powertrains at first. This according to the original source stating its rumoured arrival will occur by November.
Best Car went on to state that the Land Hopper will debut with petrol and hybrid powertrains instead of the originally expected all-electric drivetrain. The reasoning behind why it was thought the model would be endowed with silent and zero-emission propulsion comes after the Compact Cruiser which was showcased almost two years ago was demonstrated as fully electric.
Further speculation suggests that the model might offer a 1,8-litre petrol and hybrid from the Corolla Cross, of which it is similarly sized, or even potentially the 2,0-litre petrol or 2,5-litre hybrid from the RAV4. Either way, its diminutive stature and modest motors, potentially paired with electrification should put it in good stead to offer some impressive fuel economy.
As a date draws closer to its prospective unveiling, we can potentially expect some teasers or more information regarding the model. Would it make sense for it to continue employing conventional powertrains as a lifestyle-oriented off-roader?