The actual Toyota Yaris is no longer offered in North America.
It thrives in other markets and will serve as the basis for a new SUV.
Will slot below the C-HR in many markets.
Unlike what’s offered in North America, the Toyota Yaris subcompact car is thriving in many world markets. While we get rebadged Mazda2 sedans and hatchbacks, others get a bonified subcompact car from Toyota – this is the one that’s been modified by Gazoo Racing and entered in the WRC. This same car will serve as the building block for an all-new small SUV.
The news of the imminent arrival of this SUV is not entirely new as it was to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show, which never took place. The news is that, following Toyota’s statement that its reveal was to be pushed back by weeks or months. We now know tomorrow, April 23rd will be that day.
This new SUV will slot below that of the Toyota C-HR and will feature both AWD and a hybrid powertrain. These two elements are not available on the relatively slow-selling C-HR. By contrast, the Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks, and Honda HR-V from 2:1 to 4:1.
While there’s no word that the as-of-yet unnamed Toyota SUV will come to our market, as far as we’re concerned, its potential seems far greater than that of the C-HR. As well, the Yaris’ days must be numbered – it was outsold by the C-HR…