Toyota is gearing up to join the electrification race in Europe with five new EVs by 2026. One of the most exciting additions is the Toyota Urban SUV Concept, a compact EV crossover that promises to be both trendy and budget-friendly.
While the name “Urban SUV Concept” may lack the panache of some of its rivals, Toyota is known for its reliability and practicality. In the first half of 2024, this little electric contender will shed its concept status and embrace a new identity, likely with a “bZ” prefix added to its name.
Measuring 4,300 mm in length, 1,820 mm in width, and 1,620 mm in height, the Urban SUV Concept is shorter and narrower than the bZ4X. It will offer both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations.
Toyota plans to offer a choice of battery options. Much like its competitor, the Volvo EX30, the Urban SUV Concept aims to provide an accessible entry-level variant as well as a pricier, long-range version. The exact range figures remain a mystery at this point, though.
Unlike some automakers that adapt existing combustion engine platforms for EVs, Toyota is taking a different approach. The Urban SUV Concept will be built on a dedicated EV platform, which should help optimize performance. Although currently labeled as a concept, we can expect the production model to retain much of its eye-catching appearance. Regular side mirrors will be standard on the entry model, but the pricier option may come with fancy cameras instead.
The Urban SUV Concept is just one piece of Toyota’s broader electrification puzzle for Europe. In total, the automaker plans to have around 15 zero-emission models available in Europe by 2026, spanning both passenger and commercial vehicle lineups. The Sport Crossover Concept, introduced at Auto Shanghai, will also make its way to European roads.