Toyota to unveil sub-RAV4 crossover in Geneva?
The Frankfurt Motor Show is right around the corner, but Toyota is already looking ahead to next year’s edition of the Geneva show. A new report finds the company will travel to Switzerland next March to introduce a small crossover designed primarily for the European market.
Positioned below the RAV4, the yet-unnamed crossover will be roughly the same size as the Nissan Qashqai, one of the best-selling crossovers in Europe. Its design will be noticeably inspired by the C-HR concept (pictured) that was presented at last year’s Paris show, though it is expected to feature four doors instead of two.
“The C-HR is obviously exaggerated, it’s a concept car. Stretched, bigger wheels, whatever – but something like that, we’re going to do. We’re serious about it, yes,” affirmed Karl Schlicht, Toyota Europe’s sales chief, in an interview with CarAdvice.
An earlier report claims the soft-roader will ride on a new modular platform that will be inaugurated by the next-gen Prius. However, it will ditch the hatchback’s hybrid drivetrain and instead adopt small gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines, including a 1.5-liter turbodiesel mill borrowed from the Mazda parts bin.
We’ll hear more about Toyota’s rumored Qashqai fighter in the weeks leading up to the Geneva show. Whether it will be sold on our shores is up in the air, though, for what it’s worth, Nissan has all but confirmed plans to add the Qashqai to its North American lineup so Toyota could follow suit.
Photos by Ronan Glon.