Toyota is to launch a new fully electric mid-sized SUV in the near future.
Toyota has been better known for its development of hybrid technology but the new SUV will be part of a move towards all-electric production. Its luxury brand, Lexus, is also due to introduce a full electric model this year – the UX 300 e.
Only a stylised silhouette and details of the platform architecture have been released, with more details to be released in the coming months.
However, Toyota says the car has already been developed and is being readied for production in Japan as part of a mission to provide "the lowest CO2 emission, mass-market car offering on the market."
It says the new platform on which the car is "highly versatile and easily adaptable for a range of product types. The basic architecture principle is that a number of key elements remain fixed whilst others vary. This approach allows variance in vehicle width, length, wheelbase and height." This should enable Toyota to launch several versions of the car from the same platform more easily and less expensively than would normally be the case.
'It can also be defined with front-, rear- or four-wheel drive and with a wide-range of battery and electric motor capacities to suit various vehicle types and usage profiles. By using this versatile approach, the development time of different product variants can be reduced, and individual models can be developed in parallel."