Rumours are rife that Toyota could finally launch a Hyundai Creta rival in many markets, with the new model sharing its underpinnings with the Toyota C-HR
It is being said that Toyota, which is one of the global automotive giants, is currently working on a new SUV that will be based on the same TNGA-C (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that is used for Prius as well as the C-HR. The new model will be pitted against models like the Hyundai Creta which have found a wide acceptance in the market and upcoming Kia SP2.
The new Toyota SUV will be developed by Toyota Thailand but it will be sold in various developing markets, one of which should be that of ours. The Hyundai Creta rival will be cheaper than the C-HR and would have a more rugged styling than the SUV it will be based on. The more robust design is expected to help it fare better in the developing markets.
The new Toyota SUV is likely to be unveiled sometime in mid-2020 and will be first launched in Thailand. In the company’s global product range, the company’s Hyundai Creta rival will be slotted above the Rush.
Other than the Hyundai Creta, the new Toyota SUV will be competing even with the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Tracker, and Mazda CX-3. In India, the new model will even face the Maruti S-Cross and the Nissan Kicks.
The new Hyundai Creta rival from Toyota is likely to share its engine and transmission options with the Corolla and the C-HR. The engine options for the SUV will include a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle petrol hybrid unit.
The new Toyota SUV should help TKM bring more new car buyers under its umbrella by finally offering a sub-Fortuner SUV. Also, with the sales of small SUVs already touching new highs, the new model could be just what the company needs to increase its footprint in India.