Nearing the end of 2021, Toyota shocked the world with a slew of concept vehicles showcasing its electric future. One of them was called the Small SU EV, and it’s basically gone out of mind to this day. Now, our spy photographers in Europe have caught a heavily camouflaged test vehicle matching the looks of the SU EV on public roads.
It’s important to note that at this point, we don’t have any clues about the name. We don’t Think The production model will be called the SU EV, but then again, we already have the bZ4x and C-HR in the lineup so Toyota is no stranger to weird branding. In any case, our first look suggests that most of the concept’s styling cues will make it to production. Despite the heavy covering, we can see that the lower fascia is different from the concept. A honeycomb pattern is barely visible through the opening of the integrated driving lamps, none of which were present on the vehicle we saw in 2021.
The pattern suggests some sort of vent or grill behind the camo, and the square mesh on the outside is also clearly visible. This could be a red herring, designed to trick us into thinking it’s a pure electric model. However, a closer look at the rear reveals a resemblance to the tailpipe under the fascia on the right. Yet E.V In the name of the concept, it’s entirely possible that Toyota will offer the production model as both an EV and a plug-in hybrid. As such, it may use Toyota’s E3 architecture, which is suitable for PHEV and BEV powertrains.
Toyota unveiled its bZ Compact SUV concept in late November for the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show. Some might be tempted to say that this could be the production version of this model, but the proportions don’t quite match. The test car is small with a sleek, coupe-like shape. When you compare it to the Small SU EV images, the similarities become obvious.
This is our first SU EV test vehicle. We don’t have an estimate for the reveal at this time, though it could certainly happen by the end of the year. When it does, it could replace the C-HR in Toyota’s lineup.