Toyota is scrapping plans so as to add Corolla manufacturing on the new Huntsville, Ala., manufacturing unit it’s constructing with Mazda and can manufacture a — you guessed it – new SUV there as a substitute.
Though Corolla gross sales stay stable within the compact automotive section, and are down simply 5 p.c within the first half of 2019, the automaker has learn the tea leaves and is aware of the market is constant to shift in direction of vehicles and utility automobiles.
Toyota already has six distinct SUV fashions in its lineup, and it hasn’t but confirmed the place the brand new one will match. Nonetheless, hypothesis within the automotive media is that it will likely be a manufacturing model of the putting FT-4X idea unveiled on the New York Auto Present in 2017.
The FT-4X is an off-road impressed subcompact crossover alongside the strains of a Jeep Renegade that’s smaller than a Rav4. It options boxy styling and is loaded with intelligent options, together with a break up tailgate that may both be opened like barn doorways or a hatchback, a sliding rear load ground with a storage compartment beneath, a sleeping bag that doubles as the middle armrest and door handles that can be utilized as detachable water bottles. When it debuted, Toyota prompt that it could have a four-cylinder engine and an all-wheel-drive system with a Low setting to reinforce its off-road functionality if it ever went on sale.
Ford has the same car within the works that has come to be referred to as the “Child Bronco” and is scheduled to go on sale subsequent yr, about the identical time as no matter Toyota has cooking.
Mazda had beforehand mentioned it’s going to construct an SUV on the facility, which can use the identical platform because the Toyota, however hasn’t given any indication about what dimension or fashion it will likely be.
Toyota will proceed to construct the Corolla at its plant in Mississippi.