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New Yaris Likely To Be Underpinned By Toyota’s GA-B Small Car Platform

The smallest modular platform from the TNGA series has been revealed

New Yaris Likely To Be Underpinned By Toyota’s GA-B Small Car Platform
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  • The TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform underpins cars such as the Corolla and Camry as well as some Lexus offerings.  

  • GA-B platform is its smallest iteration of the TNGA meant to underpin the next generation of compact cars from Toyota.

  • It could debut with the launch of the Yaris, which is globally available in hatchback as well as sedan body shells.

  • The GA-B platform focuses on improving the driving experience and maximising cabin space.

  • It could spawn a variety of small models with differing body types, suspension and powertrains.

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Toyota’s latest cars are underpinned by its modular platform called Toyota’s New Global Architecture or TNGA. The latest iteration of the platform is the GA-B which will form the basis of the brand’s small cars, probably starting with the Yaris.

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Toyota has been using several iterations of the TNGA platform, including the GA-C, GA-K, GA-N and GA-L. The GA-C platform underpins the likes of the latest Corolla, Prius and the C-HR while the new Camry and RAV4 are built on the GA-K platform. The GA-N and GA-L platforms underpin bigger luxury vehicles and Lexus offerings in the global market.

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The GA-B is built to introduce the same qualities as other TNGA platforms but in a smaller package. It aims to deliver a better driving experience over the previous B platform, maximise interior space and position the driver seat to reduce the vehicle’s centre of gravity. The GA-B platform also offers lower and wider models, so expect a relatively improved driving experience from the cars based on this platform.

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(Pictured- Yaris Hatchback)

The fact that it is a modular platform means the GA-B can spawn a variety of small car body types with differing wheelbase lengths, vehicle heights and track widths. The next-gen Yaris is likely to be the first model based on the new GA-B platform.

In international markets, the Yaris is offered in two body types - a hatchback and a sedan (Yaris Ativ). However, Toyota is unlikely to bring the next-gen Yaris sedan to India and might borrow the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz to fulfill that role in the compact sedan segment.

Source: cardekho.com

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