Toyota has announced the next stage of its TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) chassis family will be for light cars like the next-generation Yaris and possibly a sub-C-HR SUV derivative.
The new light car chassis, which follows on from the GA-C (C-HR, Corolla) and GA-K (Camry, RAV4) platforms, is set to improve the ride and handling of future Toyota light cars, as well as optimise interior space and seating positions.
Toyota has specified that the GA-B platform is fully modular (much like its competitor MQB platform from Volkswagen) and will support “a variety of wheelbase lengths, vehicle heights, and track widths” with a look to produce an entire family of “sub-compact” vehicles.
Without a doubt, there is space for this platform to support a sub-C-HR SUV to compete with Hyundai’s upcoming sub-Kona-sized Venue. Much like previous TNGA chassis designs, the GA-B platform consists of purely “non-visible” components to allow for a family of vehicles with distinct looks.