A fresh report out of Europe suggests Toyota is developing a new small SUV to slot in below the C-HR crossover.
The folks over at CarAdvice spotted the single line in an Automotive News Europe report claiming the Japanese brand plans to expand its crossover range with a new entry-level model.
The report claims the firm will produce the newcomer “at its plant in Valenciennes, France, either this year or early next ”.
Currently, Toyota builds the European-spec Yaris in France, with the hatchback expected to move into its fourth generation either towards the end of 2019 or early in 2020. This timing suggests the rumoured baby SUV could share much with the next-generation Yaris.
For the record, the C-HR measures 4 360 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 640 mm. In South Africa, the range comprises four derivatives, each powered by a turbocharged 1,2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. Pricing starts at R346 200 and runs through to R434 800.
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