It will be based on a new bespoke platform co-developed by Subaru.
Compared to VW, Audi, and Mercedes, Toyota is considerably late to the battery-electric car party, prioritizing conventional hybrids over EVs. Technically, the only EV in Toyota's current model lineup is the Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell, which was recently redesigned. This will soon change, however, as Toyota has finally teased its first-ever EV based on a new platform. Previewed in a teaser image, Toyota's unnamed EV will be a mid-sized electric SUV based on the bespoke e-TNGA electric platform co-developed with Subaru.
Toyota says this platform is "highly versatile" and "easily adaptable for a range of product types," allowing for variable widths, lengths, wheelbases, and heights across the range. Toyota's e-TNGA also supports front-, rear- or four-wheel drive and a wide range of battery and electric motor capacities tailored for different vehicle segments.
As a result, different model variants won't take as long to develop, and individual models can be developed in parallel. "Toyota will shortly take the next step in the rollout of its forthcoming battery-electric portfolio by first previewing an all-new mid-sized SUV in the coming months. The versatility and flexibility of e-TNGA technology allows us to design and create vehicles that are not just battery-electric, but also exciting to drive and beautiful to look at," said Koji Toyoshima, Deputy Chief Officer at ZEV Factory, Toyota.
Toyota has only released a single teaser image previewing the SUV's sleek silhouette but leaked patent images suggest the design will be inspired by Subaru's electric design study shown earlier this year, incorporating sharp character lines, prominent wheel arches, and a raked C-pillar.
In terms of proportions, the new electric SUV will be similar in size to the Toyota RAV4 and is expected to have three rows of seats inside the spacious cabin.
Technical specifications such as the battery size and power output are still being kept under wraps, but Toyota will share more information in the coming months. The unnamed electric SUV is being designed specifically for Europe, but we expect an equivalent model will launch tailored for the US market. Toyota's first e-TNGA based model has already been developed and is being prepared for production at Toyota's ZEV Factory in Japan.