Toyota Urban SUV to hit European roads in 2024

Toyota Urban SUV to hit European roads in 2024

Japanese automobile giant Toyota Motor Corporation has once again thrown its hat into the electric vehicle (EV) arena by unveiling its latest battery-powered concept, called the Urban SUV, which is slated for a market launch in Europe in 2024. Marking the Japanese automaker’s determined entry into the fast-growing EV segment, the Toyota Urban SUV has been crafted on a bespoke EV-dedicated platform. It boasts a compact as well as versatile design, measuring 169.3 inches in length, 71.6 inches in width, and 63.7 inches in height. This footprint aligns the concept vehicle closely with popular subcompact SUVs, such as the Volkswagen T-Roc. Yet, it is slightly smaller than Toyota's existing C-HR, offering a fully electric substitute to the latter's hybrid variants.

Unveiling the new electric concept, the automaker emphasized that this model is part of a strategic lineup of half a dozen dedicated battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), joining the ranks of the bZ4X and the anticipated Compact SUV Concept and Sport Crossover Concept. It is expected to cater to diverse customer preferences with two battery options and the availability of both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.

The Urban SUV Concept mirrors the Japanese automaker’s commitment to quality, durability, and reliability, all of which are prototypical traits of the brand. Sporting the familiar styling language of Toyota's bZ EV line of vehicles, the electric concept vehicle exhibits pronounced shoulders, short overhangs, a somewhat raised driving position, and a compact hood, promising an engaging driving experience.

While the production model may take some more time to be unveiled, it is anticipated that the final design will retain the essence of the concept, albeit with some possible minor tweaks for practicality. A probable shift to conventional side mirrors instead of cameras is a reasonable alteration.

Interior details of the EV remain undisclosed, but Toyota has pledged an adaptable, space-efficient interior in their upcoming model, prioritizing adaptable passenger and cargo accommodation. The company’s focus rests on a well-utilized, flexible design ensuring comfort & functionality, promising a seamless, innovative driving experience for diverse user needs.

The forthcoming release of the all-electric Toyota Urban SUV in Europe next year is set to contribute significantly to the brand’s EV ambitions. Despite being professed as a late entrant to the EV market, the brand’s bold strategies beyond 2026, including innovative technologies like Tesla's NACS plug and solid-state batteries, showcase its determination to carving its niche in the evolving electric car landscape.

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