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A Yaris-based SUV? Covid-19 prolongs highly anticipated reveal of Toyota’s new compact offering

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A Yaris-based SUV? Covid-19 prolongs highly anticipated reveal of Toyota's new compact offering

Toyota was ready to showcase its new Yaris based compact SUV, but these plans got off track with the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

2020 Geneva International Motor Show was a platform where the world could see Toyota’s latest model and the latest addition to its ever-growing SUV range.

As expected, the Yaris based SUV will be longer and wider than its car.

This new Yaris SUV will share the same GA-B platform with its hatchback sibling but is believed to sit some 40mm higher from the ground.

In addition, the GA-B platform allows Toyota to equip the new SUV with all-wheel-drive; if it so chooses.

The Swiss government canceled the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in fear of the Coronavirus.

Engine Choice

Given that the SUV is based on the Yaris, it is safe to assume that it will be powered by the same engines that will be doing duty in the forthcoming hatchback. A newly-developed 1.5- liter three-cylinder petrol, mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission), will power one of the Yaris models, while the same engine with a hybrid system could also be on offer.

This 1.5-liter engine, mated to a CVT, is also available on the Yaris hatchback. Although the power figures have not yet been revealed, all, or some, of these engine choices will do duty in the Yaris SUV.

Unfortunately a representative from Toyota SA confirmed that the model was made for the local market

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