Toyota’s electric urban SUV is a chunky Volvo EX30 rival on sale in 2024
The production version of the subcompact SUV will look almost identical to the Urban SUV concept unveiled in Brussels; A larger Sport Crossover Coupe has been confirmed for Europe
4 December 2023 at 06:27
Toyota’s Yaris Cross is a very popular subcompact crossover that offers hybrid and electric power, but no all-electric option. But if the absence of a BEV model seems like a mistake, Toyota’s thinking makes better sense after this weekend’s unveiling of the Urban SUV concept.
The carmaker freely admits that the urban ‘concept’ hints at a production version of a new electric car that will go on sale in Europe during 2024 and will serve as an electric alternative to the Yaris Cross, with the two cars actually being two different cars. But it actually does more than just hint. Replace fancy digital mirrors with traditional glass products and this is what you will be able to buy in the coming year.
One of at least six new electric vehicles that Toyota will launch in Europe in the next two years, the urban SUV will compete with rivals such as the electric Jeep Avenger, Volvo EX30 and the upcoming Mini Aceman, and is believed to be based on a version of the e-TNGA platform used in the bZ4X. It may be known by a similar name by the time it hits the streets in 2024.
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Toyota is keeping almost all the technical details to itself for now, telling us only the exterior dimensions, which reveal that the E-SUV’s 4,300 mm (169.3 in) length is 120 mm (4.7 in) longer than the Yaris Cross, 55 mm ( 2.2 in.) wide and 40 mm (1.6 in.) high. But Toyota product development chief Andrea Carlucci said Autocar The production car will be offered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations and two battery sizes, the largest of which could provide a range of about 250 miles (402 km).
Carlucci also hinted that a potential buyer should prepare for a price premium over the Yaris Cross due to the cost of the battery hardware. A starting price somewhere in the £30,000 (€35,000/$38,000) range seems likely.
Toyota’s event in Brussels gave the automaker a chance to show off to European eyes some other electric concepts we’ve previously seen in other parts of the world, including the Sport Crossover concept that was unveiled in Shanghai in April. The carmaker now says the stylish four-door crossover coupe (shown below alongside the Urban SUV) will go on sale in Europe in 2025.