We might not see the car for a while.
The coronavirus threw many automakers into chaos after the outbreak caused the cancelation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Some manufacturers didn't let the cancellation stop them from showing their latest vehicles at private events, but others have decided to hold off. For instance, Toyota teased a new hybrid crossover model that was set to be revealed this week at Geneva, and yet the latest word is that it might be a while before we actually see anything.
Automotive News Europe reports that Toyota will delay the reveal of its new crossover by "weeks or months" following the cancelation of the Geneva Motor Show, rather than stage an online reveal. This is according to a source close to the Japanese automaker.
This new crossover was set to be based on the European Toyota Yaris Hatchback, which isn't currently sold in the US market. Instead, we receive a rebadged version of the Mazda2 in sedan and hatchback form. We didn't expect this new model to be sold in the US, given a crossover positioned below the CH-R likely wouldn't have a big market here.
It is unclear whether Toyota is holding out for the next major auto show. The 2020 New York Auto Show is coming up next month but as we mentioned, this reveal probably doesn't make much sense for a US-based audience.
Both this new crossover and the Yaris will be built at Toyota's Valenciennes factory in northern France. This is also where the previous-generation, Toyota-built Yaris hatchback was imported from. "We expect this to be a very successful car," a source from Toyota said. "Some cars you look at the styling and it just looks right. This is such a car."
This SUV will be powered by a three-cylinder engine paired with a hybrid system and will offer all-wheel-drive, a rare feature in this segment. Toyota expects this new model and the Yaris to make up 30 percent of its sales volume in Europe by 2025.