Toyota will make another convertible hybrid SUV in Brazil

Toyota will make another convertible hybrid SUV in Brazil

With two models with hybrid versions on its national assembly line, Toyota should announce, later this year, the arrival of a third. It’s a small SUV that will most likely have the same size and, who knows, even lines similar to the current Yaris Cross sold in Europe.

Another possibility is to be born with some features of the Raze SUV, a very limited model sold in China and Mexico. Here, however, the future SUV should have a different platform and be a little bigger – largely according to the characteristics of our market.

Here, many consumers are looking for models that can take their families, with four doors and a back seat with at least a good place for older children.

More than a year ago, in one of their press conferences, executives from Toyota in Brazil confirmed that the company’s plans included the launch of another convertible hybrid model in Brazil, this time in the compact segment.

It is worth noting that the brand, like others, has been reducing its range of hatch and sedan models – Etios, for example, is no longer sold here, although it continues to be manufactured for export -, keeping SUVs more desirable. his place.

Adding A+B together, we come to the obvious conclusion that the new compact car will be an SUV. And, while we still don’t have reliable information about the model, you can imagine that it arrives with a smaller combustion engine than the 1.8 used in the Corolla and Cross sedans.

And then we return to the European Yaris Cross Hybrid, which today comes with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that, together with its electric counterpart, produces a total of 116 hp of power and more than 14 kgfm of torque, standing out. for its economy. : up to 29 km/liter in the city, with a range of 800 km.

Choice for pure hybrids

The Japanese automaker is one of the most advanced companies in terms of electrifying its products here, but, unlike other brands, it bets on a pure hybrid – in which the battery is powered only by the combustion engine and energy recovery.

This means that this type of car cannot be connected to charging sockets and, also, that its freedom in the electric mode alone is very limited compared to the type of plug, that is, that can be charged with a cable.

This, however, is not exactly a disadvantage, especially at a time when there are still few charging stations available, in cities and – and especially – on Brazilian highways. If the model uses ethanol, then even the environmental factor will be very beneficial.

Also, since they have smaller batteries, pure hybrids are lighter and also cost less than their, shall we say, electric cousins. And, in any case, they are more economical – and less polluting – than cars powered only by combustion engines, of course.

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