Toyota Yaris compact SUV spied

This camouflaged Toyota Yaris testing in the snow isn't quite what it seems. It's likely hiding a new compact SUV.
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Toyota appears to be making progress on its new pint-sized SUV based on the next generation Yaris, if these spy photos taken during winter testing are a guide.

It's unlikely the new model will share the same body as this Toyota Yaris with raised suspension and bolder bodywork (as pictured above). Rather this test car is simply being used as an elaborate disguise before the SUV-bodied mules are built.

The test car pictured appears to have wider wheel arches, similar to those on the GR Yaris hot hatch, but we suspect that's been done to accomodate the slightly larger footprint of the Yaris-based SUV.

Leaked reports in the US claim such a vehicle is due in showrooms in 2021; it is not yet confirmed for Australia.

It’s already known that the new model will ride on the TNGA-B platform used for the regular Yaris and anticipated, all-wheel-drive GR Yaris.

It is unclear what will power the new model but there is speculation overseas that the tiny crossover car could make use of the 1.5-litre engine and hybrid system used in the Toyota Yaris and Toyota C-HR, which it is expected to slot beneath.

Toyota was scheduled to debut the Yaris SUV at the 2020 Geneva motor show, but due to coronavirus concerns, the event was cancelled.

The car has already been confirmed for Europe, where it will go head-to-head with the Mazda CX-3, Kia Stonic, and Hyundai Venue.

While Toyota Australia has not confirmed the Yaris SUV will be sold locally, in the lead up to the 2020 Geneva motor show a spokesperson told CarAdvice "it’s definitely a segment we have interest in and is growing in Australia.”