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Toyota Changes Plans, Will Build New SUV in Alabama


Toyota announced it has changed production plans for the joint Mazda and Toyota plant being built in Huntsville, Alabama from the Corolla to a yet to be announced SUV. What could it be?

In the video, we explain our best guess for the new SUV. Basically, considering Mazda will build a crossover SUV in that plant, we suspect Toyota will follow suit with a unibody SUV as well (sorry FJ Cruiser fans hoping for a rebirth).

This new crossover Toyota then would seemingly fit between the Toyota C-HR and RAV4 and be like the recently revealed Mazda CX-30. While the Mazda CX-30 is expected to hit dealer lots in 2020 and the plant would be operational in 2021, we suspect Mazda will import some early models and then shift production. Motor1.com says the CX-30 is “The CX-30 is a production high-riding vehicle positioned between the CX-3 and CX-5in the marque’s crossover/SUV lineup. It features somewhat more restrained looks than its CX brothers with a more conservative approach to the Kodo design language. The proportions are balanced and the machine appears to be slightly less aggressive than the CX-5 but, dare we say, that’s for good.”

Toyota Venza

While this is all speculation, our best guess is Toyota is looking at bringing back a Venza-type SUV on a shared TNGA platform with other models.

That’s our guess. What’s yours?

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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