Looks like the Toyota Yaris is about to get more rugged.
Many automakers have pulled out of this year's Geneva Motor Show including Lamborghini, but the Swiss expo will still host some major supercar reveals, including the new Bugatti Chiron R, the Koenigsegg Jesko 500 concept, and the production version of the Rimac C_Two. Bentley will also showcase the new Mulliner Bacalar inspired by the EXP 100 GT concept.
On the other side of the spectrum, Toyota has announced it will be debuting a brand-new subcompact crossover in Switzerland that will be positioned below the C-HR and based on the same platform as the new Yaris.
Details are scarce as we don't even have a model name at this point, but Toyota says the new B-SUV "blends Toyota's extensive small car experience with its strong SUV heritage." Toyota has also confirmed the new small SUV will boast a raised ride height, an intelligent all-wheel drive system and Toyota's latest hybrid technology. It's also expected to be larger than the current Yaris and have a longer wheelbase.
A shadowy teaser image gives us a glimpse of the subcompact's slender taillights and sloping tailgate. All signs point to a very attractive-looking subcompact crossover, but we'll have to reserve judgement until the full reveal at Geneva next month.
In Europe, Toyota's new subcompact will compete with the Nissan Juke, but it remains to be seen if it will be sold in the US. Toyota already sells the CH-R in America to compete with the Nissan Kicks, so Toyota's new subcompact could be too small for the US market.
In addition to the new tiny crossover, Toyota will also be showcasing the new Yaris and new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid at Geneva, while the automaker's Gazoo Racing division will show off the new GR Yaris, GR Supra 2.0, the latest 2020 WRC Yaris, and Fernando Alonso's 2020 Dakar Hilux.