An elevated sedan is planned for 2025
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Like many other manufacturers, Toyota hopes to revamp the now-defunct “daddy sedan” genre, with a halfway crossover between SUV, coupe and sedan. On the occasion of the Kinshiki Forum, a small auto show in the Brussels area at the end of every year, the Japanese manufacturer has brought to Europe the Sport Crossover concept study, which announces this elevated sedan.
The concept car was already displayed at the Shanghai Auto Show last April. But here it has a more subdued gray color than the orange and yellow that appears in the spring. Not enough to make your lines disappear! For example, we discover contrasting panels and wheel arches in gloss black, in keeping with the black roof. Sharp edges add character, forming a Y on front doors or swing panels. The front end features Toyota’s new identity and the now-iconic “Hammerhead”, which forms a C like the new Prius and C-HR. There is also a C logo at the back, with a stripe running the entire width of the elevated sedan. Note the very precise and precise bumpers, which should smooth out a bit and provide more protection against the bumps of everyday life on the production model. Right now, Toyota isn’t showing anything of the cabin and it’s just a mockup.
Model designed with BYD
The production model is expected to be 100% electric, in 2025. It will be positioned above the current bZ4x, but a new name could be chosen depending on initial errors. The vehicle could use its own e-TNGA technical platform, but there are still some doubts, because the model is jointly manufactured with Chinese manufacturer BYD. In fact, Toyota and BYD have collaborated to design this elevated sedan, destined for both China and Europe. We will therefore have to wait a few more months for new details, including the technical sheet or the interior design.
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Toyota unveils an elevated sedan concept with a ‘fastback’ line, at the crossroads of genres like its future direct rival: the Peugeot 408.