Toyota has released the first details on its oncoming GA-B platform, the smallest member of the TNGA architecture which will form the basis of the next-generation Yaris.
As with the rest of the TNGA-based models, the GA-B is designed to maximize the car’s handling characteristics. The underbody is "highly rigid" due to the stronger joints in the structure, while the suspension uses MacPherson struts up front and either a torsion beam or multi-link units at the rear.
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Toyota’s new small-car platform also allows to position the driver’s seat low and back towards the center of the car, securing a more engaging driving position and a lower center of gravity.
It also features some pretty clever packaging in order to offer the roomiest cabin possible. Toyota uses standardized components across the TNGA platforms in out-of-sight areas that simplify the whole process without creating similar-looking cars.
The hard points of the upper body, together with the driver’s hip point, are set low, giving designers the freedom to create lower and wider cars. Combine this with the very short overhangs and it’s easy to understand why the next Yaris, which has already been spotted in prototype form testing, looks much sportier.
Toyota says that they will use the GA-B in vehicles of different sizes and body types, featuring different wheelbase lengths, heights and track widths. With SUVs being all the rage globally these days, this could mean that they intend to create a new small crossover that will slot underneath the C-HR in its range.