Toyota is set to showcase a new car-derived van that will be built in Britain at next week’s Commercial Vehicle Show.
According to Professional Pickup and 4×4, the new model will be based on Toyota’s Corolla Touring Sports estate car, and will roll off the same production plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire.
Though no official confirmation has yet come from Toyota, it’s highly likely to use the same self-charging hybrid powertrain as found in the Corolla – likely the 1.8-litre petrol-electric setup that develops 120bhp. In the Touring Sports estate, it delivers some impressively low running costs, with Toyota claiming up to 56.4mpg, and with CO2 emissions of 112g/km.
Though Toyota already offers a range of commercial vehicles, including the Proace, Proace City vans and Hilux pick-up, this upcoming model will be the only car-derived version on sale, making it a rarity in the new market. However, given the popularity of the Touring Sports with fleet users anyway, it was likely an easy decision to make in creating a commercial model from it.
The Commercial Vehicle Show is being held between August 31 and September 2 at the NEC in Birmingham, with all major van and pick-up manufacturers there. This new Toyota is set to debut at 9am on this coming Tuesday, with all details expected then according to Professional Pickup and 4×4.
August 27, 2021