Both SUVs feature distinct and familiar Toyota design cues.
Indications lead all to believe that these are images of what the vehicles might actually look like.
Both should be built on Toyota’s e-TNGA platform
Toyota will always be synonymous with hybrid technology. Unlike a number of other carmakers, Toyota’s concentrated on hybrid iterations of its most popular vehicles, including the Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Highlander. There was no doubt that Toyota was going to throw itself into the EV mix and now there seems to be more proof that they are well on their way with these two electric SUVs.
These images were obtained by Autohome from the Chinese National Patent Office and depict two similar yet distinct SUVs. The larger midsize one has a Highlander vibe about its proportions while the smaller one blends RAV4, C-HR, and Lexus UX depending on the angle. Both however sport a front fascia that looks to be an evolution of current trapezoidal Toyota product grille designs.
The source website calls them concepts. Given that the larger SUV has no visible door handles and that its wing mirrors are cameras mounted high on the “A” pillars, we’d have to agree. The smaller SUV has flush-mounted door handles, far from unusual, as well as cameras for side-view mirrors, and given these elements, it looks closer to being a finalized product.
In the past, Toyota has announced that they will 10 new EVs starting in 2020. These two should be part of this announcement and be built on Toyota’s fully modular e-TNGA platform and include batteries with capacities ranging from 50 kWh to 100 kWh. Drive configurations will vary from FWD, RWD, to AWD with electric motors that produce between 80 to 150 kW.
According to an Automotive News report, 2022 seems to be the expected on-sale date,.