Toyota Will Launch A New Subcompact Crossover In The Next 2-3 Years

Toyota recently introduced the FT-AC concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show and a new report is suggesting it could preview a production model.

In an interview with Motor Authority, Toyota’s North American Group Vice President and General Manager, Jack Hollis, confirmed the automaker will launch a new subcompact crossover in the next two or three years. Hollis went on to say the model will be based on the TNGA platform that underpins everything from the C-HR to the Prius.

Toyota has introduced a number of crossover concepts in the past year and Hollis said the FT-AC, FT-4X, and TJ Cruiser concepts were all created to “test the waters in the market and get feedback from consumers.” He didn’t say which direction the company is leaning but confirmed the upcoming crossover will be offered with all-wheel drive and have a base price that could start at under $20,000.

If the company is able to hit that price point, the model would be more affordable than the CH-R which starts at $22,500. It would also have the benefit of optional all-wheel drive which is something that is curiously lacking on the CH-R.

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  • mb4design

    Oh. Goody.

  • pjl35

    SERIOUSLY? I think you’re covered, Toyota. Just stop…maybe focus on updating the RAV-4 first.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Isn’t the C-HR a subcompact anyway?

    • Kash

      It is, but Toyota says “C-HR” stands for “Coupe-High Rider” so this would be the more practical version of the C-HR.

      • Honda NSX-R

        So the C-HR is like an X6 whereas this new CUV would be like an X5 (coupe CUV vs regular CUV)

        • Kash

          basically yes, there’s also the possibility one of these two will go full electric and nothing else, while the other uses a 4-cyl and hybrid setup.

          • Honda NSX-R

            An all electric C-HR would be interesting.

          • Kash

            it’d make the most sense, it somewhat justifies a price hike on top of being a “coupe CUV”

    • Grumpy

      I wondered the same thing with the rogue sport and kicks.hard to keep track of what competes with what.

    • PhilMcGraw

      With gas prices still pretty low and the fact that U.S. consumers tend to like to sit up when they drive, we are going to see more crossovers in the market. I know it’s hard to remember, but if you can remember back to when the economy was crashing and oil prices were rising we saw an explosion of hybrids on the market. Every auto manufacturer was offering a hybrid version of their vehicles. Now we are seeing the same except in the form of new crossovers. And since we have these global architectures that underpin several different models in a lineup, it’s easy to retool the basic foundation and create a new vehicle.

  • Leconte Dave

    Too many crossovers right now..

    • Six Thousand Times

      And lots more on the way.

  • no25

    I rather see this concept as a new Rav4 than see ANOTHER sub-compact vehicle.

  • roy

    Then why will they sell chr ?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Omit all of thar “go anywhere” plastic fakery and they might be OK.

  • :/ Yurr

    So the rear is gonna look like a VW Atlas…

  • Paul

    New Rav4 Please

  • StrangerGP

    the sand shots are pretty bad photoshop job lol

  • Bash

    Dear Toyota,
    tyt please. Its gonna look ugly and bland, same as many of your cars.
    So, I’m not in a hurry at all to see it.
    Regards
    Bash

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Nice

  • Trackhacker

    We live in depressing times when all consumers care about is CUV’s & SUV’s

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