Toyota is reportedly considering adding a subcompact SUV model to its lineup, a vehicle that would slot under the current RAV4.
The city SUV appears to be high on the Japanese automaker’s to-do list, and it’s not really a surprise given how booming the subcompact crossover market has become in certain markets. “Everybody needs to be there,” said Mark Dobson, Toyota Australia product planning manager. “It’s a market for all players. And Toyota is interested in any market that is growing.”
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Toyota’s sub-brand Daihatsu previously sold a Terios compact SUV in Australia (the source of this new report), and a second-generation model would be fitting for that market. A replacement for the Terios could come within 12 months in order to fill the niche market of subcompact SUVs.
Toyota’s domestic rival Honda is already selling a new sub-compact crossover called the Vezel in Japan with plans to export the Fit-based utility vehicle to North America soon.
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