Are these Toyota’s Hyundai Kona & Tesla Model X competitors? [Update]

Brazilian automotive illustrator Kleber Silva (via Behance.net) has worked on a speculative rendering of the production version of the smaller Toyota electric crossover concepts seen in the images below. The rendered production version has hints of the Toyota Yaris Cross. Toyota has not provided an update on its crossover EV plans besides what it announced last year.

25 June 2020

A set of leaked patent images show two of Toyota’s fully-electric cars – a compact SUV and a mid-size crossover that could compete with the Hyundai Kona and the Tesla Model X respectively. Companies regularly patent their design studies and research vehicles, however these are production-oriented designs previewing Toyota’s smallest and largest electric crossovers.

Autohome.com.cn has published images from Chinese patent office that reveal the two realistic electric car concepts in different angles which have been shown in two photographs in a conceptual stage by Toyota in June last year. Both the cars are expected to be built on Toyota’s e-TNGA architecture and one of them looks like a 7-seater.

The front design of the cars is similar with a closed grille, L-shaped headlamps and angular lines. Though there is much going on at the front, the rear of the cars have a comparatively simpler layout. The compact SUV gets rugged elements like cladded wheel arches and aerodynamic wheels. While the door is flush with the body of the compact SUV devoid of handles, this is a usual concept model trick.

A modular architecture, the e-TNGA platform can be equipped with battery capacity from 50 kWh to 100 kWh, with range from 300 km to 600 km. Up to two electric motors with outputs ranging from 80 kW to 150 kW per motor can be fitted taking the most powerful version up to 300 kW of maximum power and the vehicles can be had in front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive layouts.

Toyota announced 6 electric cars for global deployment
Toyota revealed in June 2019 six unnamed electric vehicles in development for ‘global deployment.’ It said 10 battery electric cars will be launched worldwide in the early 2020s. Patents appear to show the 1st and 4th models (from the left).

Putting out the above image, Toyota said last year that it expects sales of new electrified vehicles to be more than 5.5 million units, constituted of a combined 4.5 million units (or more) of hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, and a combined 1+ million units of battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, as early as 2025 (in 2017 it believed this level would only be reached in 2030).

Toyota recently launched its C-HR Electric car in China with a 400 km range. Based on the e-TNGA platform, the C-HR Electric is the company’s first mass-produced electric car and is made through the GAC-Toyota joint venture. The car is powered by a 54.3 kWh battery pack and gets a 150 kW electric motor that makes 300 Nm of torque. Lexus also launched its own electric car in China, Lexus UX 300e, with the same powertrain with similar power and range outputs. The Lexus UX 300e is built on the GA-C platform, which is again a modified version of the TNGA architecture.

Toyota electric car for India

Toyota will launch a version of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R-based electric car (through the model sharing arrangement that led to the Toyota Glanza) for the Indian market to enter the EV segment.