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Toyota's New Subcompact Crossover Goes Hot Weather Testing

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/20/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Our spy photographers caught this Toyota subcompact crossover sweating it out in the southwestern part of the U.S. The automaker was performing hot weather tests on this prototype, which features some pretty radical design cues.

It's no surprise that Toyota is planning to add a new entry-level crossover to its lineup. The automaker debuted the Toyota C-HR concept just last year, declaring it a new design direction for the future. One look at this new prototype, and you can definitely see the similarities. The slim headlights, long nose, raked roofline, and paunchy rear end harken back to the original concept. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The new crossover will slot below the RAV4 in Toyota's lineup -- if it wears a Toyota badge at all. When the prototype was out testing, photographers caught it riding alongside a Scion xB. The youthful "cute-ute" could make the perfect addition to Scion's slowly growing lineup. But at this point, it's too early to tell whether it will join the Toyota or Scion family.

We hear the production model will ride on Toyota's new NGA platform and will feature a four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT. If it takes after this prototype, it could also get an aggressive wheel and tire package.

No word yet on a timeline for the subcompact crossover, although we imagine Toyota is fairly far along in the development process. It's about time Toyota starts competing in the subcompact crossover segment, which is already populated by the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Mazda3, Chevrolet Trax, and Fiat 500X.

Photo Source: KGP Photography

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