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Toyota EVs: design sketches of two models leaked

Here's a closer look at the distinctive face of two of Toyota's new e-TNGA family of electric vehicles, due by 2025.

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William Stopford
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Design sketches have revealed the face of Toyota’s upcoming push into the pure-electric space.

The sketches – shared by the Instagram page Autofans – depict what appears to be a sleek, mid-sized SUV and a more upright large SUV.

They provide us with a better look at two members of the fleet of six electric vehicles Toyota previewed last year, and which it’s aiming to introduce by 2025.

Whether these sketches are of production versions of the vehicles, or whether they’re previewing concept cars isn’t clear. However they feature a number of production touches, such as door handles and spaces for the numberplate.

They’re based on a new architecture called e-TNGA, co-developed with Subaru. A flexible architecture, Toyota’s EVs will feature either single or dual electric motors and front-, rear- or all-wheel drive.

A small electric car will also be jointly developed with Daihatsu and Suzuki.

The smaller of the two leaked vehicles shares some design cues with the recently revealed Yaris Cross, including its full-width taillight assembly.

Up front, however, there’s a sleeker nose with slimmer openings, as there’s no internal combustion engine to necessitate a large grille for cooling.

The large SUV features a similar front end design with arrow-shaped daytime running lights, a steeply-raked windscreen, and a recessed section of the bonnet. It differs, however, with a more upright roofline.

At the back, there are distinctive, boomerang-shaped tail lights that wrap onto the fenders and a unique tailgate design that flares out below the rear badge.

We’ve already seen what a third member of the e-TNGA family will look like, with Subaru revealing a concept version of its upcoming small/mid-sized Evoltis crossover.

Last year, Toyota revealed renderings of its six-member e-TNGA family. In the image above, you can see the leaked mid-sized SUV to the far left and Toyota’s version of the Evoltis on the far right, with a sleek, mid/full-sized hatchback in the middle.

In addition to the full-sized SUV that’s been leaked, Toyota also revealed two electric vans.

Toyota EVs: design sketches of two models leaked

Though these models likely won’t launch for another couple of years, Toyota earlier this year introduced its first all-electric vehicles in China.

The C-HR EV and its IZOA twin use a modified version of the existing C-HR platform, with a 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor producing 150kW of power and 300Nm of torque. Electric range is 400km under the more lenient NEDC measures.

An electric version of the related Lexus UX has also been introduced in both the Chinese and European markets, dubbed the UX300e.

Toyota EVs: design sketches of two models leaked

Toyota isn’t giving up on hybrids. In addition to rolling out its six e-TNGA vehicles by 2025, Toyota intends to have electrified versions of its entire range by the same year.

That goal will include both conventional hybrids and plug-in hybrids, with Toyota recently introducing its first plug-in hybrids, the Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime.


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