The Toyota Sport Crossover EV is made by BYD and will be launched in 2025
Toyota unveiled the electric Sport Crossover concept for the first time in Europe on Monday. The new Fastback EV, made by Chinese company BYD, will be launched in 2025.
Toyota confirms that the Sport Crossover EV will launch in 2025
Toyota first unveiled the electric crossover sports car in April at the Shanghai Auto Show. The crossover offers a different option to the growing number of premium fastback SUVs.
The new EV crossover will be a “champion of style,” according to Toyota. The brand says it will make an “attractive offer” to first-time electric car buyers.
With five doors and plenty of space for rear passengers and cargo, the concept offers a “stylish alternative” to SUVs.
Toyota initially introduced the car based on the Reboot concept. The idea is to create a change of pace as soon as you enter. The company said it will include an active, creative style with functionality aimed at creating a “personal space” for younger buyers.
The Toyota Sport Electric Crossover is manufactured by BYD Toyota EV Tech Co, a joint venture with China’s leading electric vehicle maker BYD.
Toyota and BYD have already launched a jointly developed electric car, bZ3, in China. The electric sedan is based on Toyota’s e-TNGA platform, which is the same platform used in the bZ4X electric SUV. However, BYD supplies the Blade LFP batteries, electric motor and control system.
The new EV concept will likely feature a similar setup. Toyota has confirmed that the electric Sport Crossover will be one of five new electric vehicles to be launched in Europe by 2026.
Earlier today, we covered Toyota’s Urban SUV concept, which will go on the offensive next year. The new electric SUV will be Toyota’s cheapest EV that will compete with the Volvo EX30 (see our review), Hyundai Kona electric, Jeep Avenger, and others in a growing segment.
The Toyota Sport Crossover will compete with the Hyundai IONIQ 6 in the high-speed electric vehicle segment. Both electric models will join Toyota’s lineup of electric vehicles in Europe over the next two years.
By 2026, Toyota expects 20% of its European sales to be fully electric. That would be more than 250,000 vehicles per year. The automaker says a diverse range of products will help push it towards full carbon neutrality by 2040.
Toyota has teased several new electric vehicle concepts, pledging to increase range and lower costs over the past few years. However, all the brand has to offer is the bZ4X built on its e-TNGA platform, the same platform used in the Subaru Solterra and Lexus RZ.
Toyota recently unveiled a series of innovations, including a dedicated electric vehicle platform, next-generation batteries, and manufacturing upgrades to improve range while lowering costs.
Until we see more, it’s hard to get excited about another new concept. The Sport Crossover concept is stylish and offers a good alternative to SUVs, but it has to be at the right price. It will also need to be competitive on scale.
Based on its feedback, Toyota is targeting younger buyers. Millennials and Generation Z are two of the most likely groups to purchase electric vehicles, but affordability and range are big considerations for these groups.
We’ll learn more about Toyota’s new electric vehicles early next year as their launch date approaches. Check back for the latest.
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