Toyota reveals Maruti eVX-based urban SUV concept

The Toyota Urban SUV will be built alongside the Maruti eVX.

By Akbar Merchant, Autocar India calendar 04 Dec 2023 Views icon3167 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Toyota has released the first set of images and details of its future midsize electric SUV in concept form. Called the Toyota Urban SUV concept, this new SUV is a sister-model to the Maruti Suzuki eVX SUV. Both models are expected to see a global debut in production form next year.

Toyota Urban SUV to have a lot in common with Maruti eVX

The Urban SUV concept will be built on a shared architecture with the Maruti eVX to facilitate greater economies of scale. This commonality will not be limited just to the platform or mechanicals, but will also include exterior body panels and interior trim, just as the existing shared models between both brands.

 Toyota has revealed that the Urban SUV concept will measures 4,300mm in length, 1,820mm in width and 1,620mm height which is quite similar to the Maruti eVX – the latter has the same length but is 20mm shorter in height and width. Both models are also expected to share the same 2,700mm wheelbase.

As far as styling is concerned, the concept looks quite similar to the newer crop of Toyota EVs such as bZ compact SUV concept that was showcased last year. It has edgy surfaces, wears C-shaped LED daytime running lamps up front and a minimalist-looking front bumper, has flared wheel arches and a typical upright SUV silhouette with a rugged appeal. The rear end is particularly very similar to the eVX. The doors and glass house also seem to be quite similar, although the rear door handles here are placed on the C-Pillar. 

While the interior for the Toyota Urban SUV concept has not been revealed yet, Suzuki has given us a look at the eVX’s interior, and it will be safe to expect something similar for the Toyota version as well. It will have plenty of space and flexibility with packaging, thanks to the born-EV skateboard platform. The eVX-based SUV will also have plush interiors and a expansive list of creature comforts, safety features and tech.

Toyota Urban SUV: platform and powertrain

Just like the eVX, the Urban SUV from Toyota will sit on the 27PL skateboard platform that will be heavily localized and will be built in India at Suzuki’s Gujarat facility for both export and the domestic markets. This plant has a target to manufacture over 1.25 lakh vehicles annually, as we reported last year. There will be two battery pack options with the higher-spec variant offering 400km-plus range. Toyota says that the SUV will have both FWD and dual-motor AWD options for some markets.

Toyota Urban SUV: launch timeline

This SUV in its production form will be Toyota’s entry-point in its electric SUV line-up in markets like Europe. Toyota has said it is readying three EV SUVs for Europe and the made-in-India Urban SUV will be one of them. Two more electric SUVs, the bZ Sport Crossover and the Compact SUV Crossover, are also being readied by the brand for the European market. Expect Toyota to introduce the Urban SUV in our market a few months after the production-spec Suzuki eVX hits the showrooms sometime in 2024. 

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