Toyota will enter the hottest electric vehicle market in the world with two crossovers. These electric crossovers will be based on the e-TNGA platform.
China is an important market for electric cars. Various car manufacturers have their share in the world’s leading electric market. Toyota appears to be among the upcoming car makers that are making an attempt to grasp a bite of the growing sales of the electric cars in China. As suggested by recent reports, Toyota has filed patents for two electric crossovers in China.
Toyota is likely to launch two new electric crossovers in China
While the global automotive market is still suffering from severe sales drop as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese car market is showing signs of recovery. Interestingly, the sales of the car market in China has been improving, compared to the post-COVID-19 era. The increasing sales of cars resulted from citizen’s reluctance to use public transportation due to safety concerns. It is expected that this scenario will be applied to the Indian market as well, once the lockdown is lifted.
As per the patent images, the Japanese car manufacturer is planning to launch a 5-seater compact crossover and a 7-seater mid-size crossover. These two crossovers are likely to be underpinned by Toyota’s e-TNGA platform. Other specifications of the new crossovers are still unknown. Some of the rivals of these crossovers include Hyundai Kona and MG ZS EV, both of which are already available in the Indian market as well. The new crossovers will take on other crossovers produced by BYD, GWM, Changan, SAIC, FAW Haima, Geely, and Chery. Apparently, Toyota will not target the high-end electric segment that comprises of Jaguar I-PACE, Tesla Model X and the likes.
The two crossovers will be based on Toyota's TNGA platform
Suggested by the patent images, it is likely that the new EV from the Japanese car brand will receive a sharp design with a low roofline, rectangular wheel arches, flushed door handles. Notably, Toyota’s EV crossover will drop the front grille and replace the traditional ORVMs with a modern camera stick. However, the production version will see a major tone-down. For now, it is too soon to make any statement regarding the upcoming EV crossover.
In the meanwhile, Toyota has introduced a total number of six electric vehicles concepts including two of the aforementioned crossovers for the international markets. Toyota’s e-TNGA platform can adopt powertrain of different battery capacities ranging from 50 kWh to 100 kWh. The range of Toyota’s electric powertrain is promised to be rated for over 300 km per charge. On the high-end models, the range can be twice the value of this figure. The same e-TNGA platform also supports different drive types from FWD, RWD to AWD, while the power outputs can range from 80kW to 150kW.