But the FT-4X is supposed to be more like a Jeep Renegade
^^Yes, considering the strength of SUV sales these days, developing a more traditional subcompact SUV just for NA alone can be justified. It's at least more justifiable than the Avalon or the Corolla Hatch. Go ask any Toyota dealer in U.S. if they want the FT-4X, they will say yes without even thinking.
But the FT-4X is supposed to be more like a Jeep Renegade, if not even more off-road oriented, at least according to last interview I read. Maybe they can bring back the Toyota Urban Cruiser previously sold as Scion xD in the US?
A pity Toyota and its affiliate Daihatsu didn't make better use of its Terios/Rush to fulfill demand for compact BOF, RWD-based SUVs. The 3rd-gen Daihatsu Terios/2nd-gen Toyota Rush launched last November, while still RWD-based now seemingly use unibody construction and are more closely aligned to Toyota's "Innovative International Multi-purpose vehicle" project (IMV) for low-cost pickup trucks and multipurpose vehicles for Third World countries.Australia and Africa are hardcore BOF territory. The Renegade barely sells any over there. People are more likely to get used Hilux or Land Cruisers than buying new compact SUVs.
One of the main driver of FAW's decline this month is reduction of the RAV4. The Izoa has certainlly taken a significant portion of the sales away from the lower RAV4 2.0 trims (they shouldn't be selling or producing this many now). I guess dealerships are pushing customers to the more profitable Izoa instead of barebones RAV4. Meanwhile GAC does not have any product for the C-HR to cannabalize.
It seems that in certain markets the subcompact crossover is getting a turbocharged engine.
And that’s not just any turbo engine, but the same 1.5-liter engine that’s found in the Honda Civic. Making about 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, this seems like a great way to rid the HR-V of the slow and boring stigma it currently has.
It seems like this turbocharged model does have a few caveats. It’s only available with front-wheel drive, although that means it can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
We’ve reached out to Honda America to see if they’re considering this move and will update the story accordingly.
Honda HR-V finally gets a 1.5L Turbo in Europe
Making more power now than the C-HR/UX.
That sounds genuinely weird. Who would be ever interested in a 182hp turbo gas-only subcompact SUV in Europe?
With over 12k sold this month the C-HR/Izoa duo has once again well outperformed expectations. Toyota was definitely too cautious with their targets, but luckily for FAW and GAC they overprovisioned capacity with a healthy margin. At the beginning 200k per year or 16k per month sounded totally ridiculous to me but now they are already using 75% of that capacity with only one third of the full lineup on sale.
Seems this vehicle is selling like hotcakes everywhere except maybe here? Not sure of sales goals.