Toyota’s new electric crossover has been teased ahead of its debut which is set to happen this April 18 at the Shanghai auto show. With that, the upcoming model shall compete with other EV crossovers from Tesla, Ford, and Volkswagen, models of which are currently sold on select markets including the US.
The all-new EV is expected to feature exterior styling that could be reminiscent of any of the six concept vehicles previewed by Toyota last 2019. It will also ride on the e-TNGA platform as a midsize crossover. With that said, it could possibly have a 6- or 7- seat configuration. It is also engineered to accommodate front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive powertrains as well as different types of electric motors and batteries ranging from 50 kWh to 100 kWh.
This upcoming EV is the result of Toyota and Subaru's plans of collaborating on developing a dedicated platform for electric vehicles as announced back in June 2019. In the photo, the EV crossover flaunts its thin headlights along with the Toyota-fashioned blue logo which signals its eco-friendly nature. Moreover, it appears to have a lower grille that could serve a functional purpose which should cool down the EV-related mechanicals, while the upper panel, on the other hand, seems to have a closed-off design for added character.
For now, that’s about it, no close-ups for the interior or any other exterior angles of the crossover. You can also check out its teaser video below for a more sneak peek of what’s to come.
As per Toyota Europe's sales and marketing chief, Matt Harrison, its production model is expected to go on sale in Europe in a couple of years, and perhaps, other international markets like the US will soon follow. While the Philippines is still in the process of fully accepting the culture of EVs, many brands are slowly transitioning towards Hybrid powertrains including Toyota, with its release of the Corolla Altis Hybrid and Corolla Cross Hybrid. That should be enough progress for now, therefore, helping our country slowly transition towards electrified driving.