According to a new report, Toyota will launch a new Nissan Qashqai-rivaling crossover early next year. It will be closely based on the radical C-HR Concept that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014 and featured a distinguished body design with flared wheel arches, angular curves and ‘floating’ taillight clusters. Its design was said to be in response to company chief Akio Toyoda’s demand for Toyota to be more adventurous when it came to the styling of the vehicles.
British magazine Autocar says that the new C-segment crossover will be launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March and be underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The new modular platform is Toyota’s way of reducing development and manufacturing costs, just like the Volkswagen Group does with its MQB platform.
By 2020, around 50% of Toyota’s cars will based on the company’s TNGA platform. The fourth generation 2016 Prius, which is slated for launch at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October, will be the first one to use the new platform.
A major advantage of the TNGA platform is that it allows for a greater interior space. This is why the C-HR Concept has more space for the passengers than the Qashqai despite having slightly smaller dimensions. The report further states that the new crossover could be named “Auris Cross” and it is likely to sit above the RAV4 in Toyota’s line-up.
Speaking to the publication about the new crossover, Toyota UK president Paul van der Burgh said: “The high growth rate of sales of that sort of vehicle would be very good for us. The concept was excellent and the styling in particular stood out. If such a product were to launch, I’m confident it could be a best seller.”