The coming of a new small SUV was confirmed with CarAdvice at last year’s Paris motor show, when Toyota Europe sales chief Karl Schlicht revealed plans for a model inspired by the C-HR.
“The C-HR is obviously exaggerated, it’s a concept car. Stretched, bigger wheels, whatever - but something like that, we’re going to do. We’re serious about it, yes,” he said.
This week, the UK’s Autocar has reported that a Geneva motor show debut is now on the cards, although no official source is cited.
Interestingly, CarAdvice's conversation with Schlicht hinted that the new model would appear later than Autocar claims.
“A few [years] is too many, and one is too few,” he said, which suggests a 2017 debut at the earliest.
It is possible, however, that the company has brought the new model’s launch forward in a bid to capitalise at last on the small SUV segment’s huge sales potential - particularly with Volkswagen now making great strides in its bid to be the world's new number-one carmaker.
When the new small SUV debuts, it will take on the dominant Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen’s own coming new entrant in the segment, among others.