New Auris-based crossover to launch in 2017, with all-wheel drive and hybrid variants planned

Toyota is working on a new Auris-based crossover, which will be sold globally from 2017.

Sitting below the current RAV4 compact SUV in the firm's line-up, the Auris crossover is likely to be pitched against the likes of the Honda CR-V and Nissan Qashqai.

As these early spy photos show, the Auris crossover is raised significantly over the standard car, and appears to retain its exterior styling. All-wheel drive is likely to be an option on higher-spec models, while entry-level versions should be front-wheel-drive only.

Current reports suggest the model, which has been dubbed Auris Cross, will use a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with around 128bhp and 118lb ft of torque. Hybrid variants are also planned, with the 1.8-litre 136bhp hybrid powertrain from the current Auris likely to be carried over.

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17 July 2014
Does that mean that the RAV4 will become bigger? Cause I thought that was a rival for the CR-V/Qashqai

17 July 2014
I remember Toyota used to offer a sub-RAV4 SUV (Urban Cruiser) not long ago. What happened to that? In a world crawling with urban SUVs, shouldn't Toyota update that car?

17 July 2014
Urban Cruiser is still built, just not sold in Europe due to low sales and Yen exchange rate. Its still sold in the States under the Scion brand

17 July 2014
Like superstevie, I have always considered the CR-V as a competitor to the RAV4. However, by way of it's size and price point, I would not consider the Qashqai to be in direct competition with either of these models. So this new Auris-based crossover sounds more like Toyota's answer to the Qashqai!

17 July 2014
Toyota withdrew their models from the small crossover (Urban Cruiser) and small MPV (Verso-S) markets because they didn't sell. They were both hideously overpriced and dull. The Verso-S was c. £16k at a time when you could buy the better looking Hyundai IX20 for £13k. The Urban Cruiser got three stars in Euroncap testing, was expensive and was barely taller than a Yaris. Pair of cock ups from an often decent manufacturer. Who on earth do they employ to market their cars at Toyota?

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