The sheets come off at Shanghai next month.
Despite some misgivings about battery-electric vehicles, Toyota will introduce a new midsized electric SUV at next month's Shanghai Motor Show. A single teaser image has just been released previewing the e-TNGA electric platform-based model, which was co-developed with Subaru. It's expected to be similar in size to the Toyota RAV4.
However, the unnamed EV is not coming to the US, at least not initially. Toyota says the new vehicle has been tailored specifically for Europe. But the e-TNGA architecture is very much a global platform and is highly versatile and easily adaptable for a wide range of vehicles.
Vehicle width, height, length, and wheelbase can all be altered, and front-, rear-, and four-wheel drive are all possible. The North American market will eventually have its own unique version featuring a design and overall packaging more suitable to US tastes. Americans place a high emphasis on having things like all-wheel drive and more SUV-like styling.
Technical details such as battery size, power output, charging time, and range are expected to be announced at the reveal event. Production will take place in Japan. This EV crossover will reportedly be the first of six new pure battery electrics that will use e-TNGA.
Based on available information, these EVs will include a compact SUV co-developed with Suzuki, a larger crossover, an SUV, sedan, and an MPV. Hopefully, the SUV will come to American shores. Toyota is also making significant investments in solid-state battery research with the goal of launching a vehicle utilizing the technology sometime in the middle of the decade. By 2025, the carmaker aims to sell 5.5 million electrified vehicles annually, though this will include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell models, such as the redesigned Mirai.
We expect Toyota's new EV to be nearly identical to the leaked images from last summer of what's clearly a compact crossover. Full details are only a few weeks away.