Toyota electric style champion? The Sport Crossover co-developed between Toyota and BYD has been confirmed for production in Europe, but will it come to Australia to compete with the Polestar 2? – Car news
Toyota Europe has confirmed that a new electric vehicle will be launched within the next two years as part of a slew of electric and low-emission vehicles scheduled for launch in the near future.
The Toyota Sport Crossover concept, which was first introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show in April, was developed by Toyota in partnership with BYD and targets the Chinese and European markets.
It’s just one of “six dedicated battery electric vehicle models” Toyota aims to roll out in Europe by 2026.
Toyota says the move is guided by the company’s goal to achieve “full carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 and globally by 2050,” although the production version of the Sport Crossover is coming relatively soon, and Toyota Europe expects it to launch on the market in 2025. .
Initially, the crossover sports car was only confirmed to be launched “in the Chinese market in 2024.”
While the concept should be relatively identical to the final production version, small changes and more details regarding technical specifications should be revealed closer to 2026.
Speaking to the UK outlet AutocarToyota’s Director of Marketing and Product Development, Andrea Carlucci, confirmed that the crossover sports car is longer, wider and lower than the bZ4X, describing it as a “perfect style champion” for new electric cars.
“We want to offer something closer to the new Toyota DNA – being a little obsessed with sportiness, especially at the back with the coupe or fastback design,” Carlucci said. Autocar.
At 4.9 metres, it’s slightly longer than the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 or BMW i4, although as a ‘crossover’ model it could be a closer rival to the likes of the Polestar 2.
The joint development of the Sport Crossover is notable, especially this week, as BYD’s local importer EVDirect took aim at Toyota’s hybrid technology and showed an incredibly high ambition to overtake the country’s most popular car brand.
Australians hoping to see Sport Crossover land here shouldn’t hold their breath for confirmation just yet, however.
Toyota Australia is yet to launch its first electric car, the bZ4X, locally after several delays. The bZ4X was initially scheduled to launch in mid-2022, with local general manager of product planning Rod Ferguson saying at the time: “We want it within months, we don’t want it to last for years.”
It is now expected to hit dealerships in February 2024.