Toyota Teases New Small E-Crossover Set For Launch Next Year

This upcoming all-electric Toyota crossover is approximately the size of the current Yaris Cross. 

While Toyota might not be exactly slaying it in the EV space with its sole (and admittedly underwhelming) bz4X, the Japanese auto giant has nevertheless promised a bunch of new all-electric arrivals. The next of which is supposedly this recently teased compact crossover,  that is apparently set to launch by the first half of next year. 

Currently going by by the rather bland placeholder name of Urban SUV, this compact crossover has been announced to measure 4,300 mm long, 1,820 mm wide, and 1,620 mm in height. Dimensions which perfect suit it in being an all-electric alternative to the Yaris Cross, and likely to slot in neatly between the electrified C-HR. 

Toyota has also announced that this forthcoming e-crossover is sitting atop its dedicated modular e-TNGA EV platform, with front-mounted single motor and dual-motor variants apparently to be on the cards too. It has even since been teased that this Urban SUV will feature two battery options that are apparently of the next-generation variety which promises dramatically boost range and efficiency, but unfortunately specific capacity and range estimates are not something that is shared yet. 

Similarly, the interior of this new compact crossover remains a mystery thus far. Its exterior however, from the officially released images that is, boasts a rugged and modernist overall aesthetic, with the new corporate Toyota face up front and HR-V-esque hidden rear door handles in the C-pillar round its side. 

According to Toyota product development boss Andrea Carlucci, this boldly styled B-segment SUV concept will ‘give a strong indication of what will be a strong contributor’ to the Japanese automaker’s EV sales over the coming years. The Urban SUV will join the previously-revealed Compact Crossover and Sport Crossover concepts in accounting for three of the six EVs Toyota aims to launch by 2026. 

Seeing how there is a striking resemblance between this Toyota compact all-electric crossover has with the Suzuki eVX concept too, there is a high likelihood that the existing partnership between these two Japanese automakers — which currently extends to the Corolla-based Swace and RAV4-based S-Cross — continue on into the future electrified era. 

As for the big question regarding its price, Toyota has drop hints for this Urban SUV to be likely cost the same as the all-new and similarly all-electric Volvo EX30 when it lands in showrooms likely by the end of next year. The bigger question is though when could this new all-electric compact SUV land in Malaysia, and whether it can outdo the local hotshots like the Smart #1 and Tesla Model 3.

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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