Toyota will use the Shanghai auto show next month to unveil a near-production concept of a full-electric SUV that will compete against battery-powered models such as the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID4.
The car is a similar size to the company's RAV4 SUV.
The vehicle is based on the automaker's new electric-only e-TNGA platform, which the automaker says it is developing to underpin battery-electric cars for the major markets of China, the U.S. and Europe.
The platform is flexible enough to accommodate body styles including an SUV with three rows of seating, a sporty sedan, a small crossover or a compact car. It can support rear-wheel-, front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive layouts and differing battery sizes ranging from 50 kilowatt hours to 100 kWh.
The SUV will be sold in Europe, the U.S. and China, a Toyota spokesman told Automotive News Europe. The company gave no date for its sales launch but it is expected to go on sale next year.
The production model will be built at Toyota’s so-called ZEV Factory in Japan.
The SUV was developed with Subaru, which will launch its version "within the next five years," Subaru said in December.