Toyota has started tests of the new subcompact crossover based on the Yaris

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Toyota has started tests of the new subcompact crossover based on the Yaris

The team of engineers of the Japanese brand began a series of road tests of the new crossover of small size, which is based on urban hatchback Yaris.

A new small crossover Toyota was supposed to debut cancelled due to coronavirus Geneva motor show, scheduled for March this year. While most cars that originally was supposed to debut at this event have already been somehow presented, Japanese novelty we have not seen. In fact, we may have to wait a few weeks or even months, because the foreign publication Automotive News reports that the company has decided to postpone the launch vehicle due to adverse circumstances caused by a coronavirus.

Meanwhile, foreign journalists, currently based at the Arctic circle, I noticed some rather odd-looking Yaris hatchback with increased ground clearance.

Upon closer inspection, it turns out that one of them has a body and a headlight borrowed from the previous generation city kid, while the other seems to have more in common with the new Yaris.

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These spy shots indicate that Toyota hasn’t finished testing its new crossover based on the Yaris and there is no doubt that the production version of new items will look very different. The teaser image released by the press service of the automaker in mid-February, gave us an idea about the design of the back of the model, and the design sketch hinted at its side profile. Compared to other small crossover model, the C-HR, we expect that the new SUV will have a more traditional design that it would be a smart decision, because not all people are fans of quirky style C-HR.

Based on the platform TNGA-B, and the updated Yaris hatchback, yet unnamed crossover will be available with a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. Toyota has promised that it will be more than just a crossover version of the subcompact hatchback as the new utility vehicle will be “completely new and distinctive model of B segment-SUV”.

According to rumors, the new small crossover Toyota will go on sale in Europe in March 2021.