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Mike Stevens | Sep, 15 2014 | 1 Comment

Toyota will unveil a new compact SUV at next month’s Paris Motor Show, the company has confirmed today.

Dubbed ‘C-HR’, the concept is expected to preview a new crossover model that will enter below the RAV4 - currently Toyota’s smallest SUV offering.

The company has not revealed specific details for the new concept, although it has confirmed that power will be provided by a hybrid system.

The carmaker also promises a “bold new design language”, with hints of the new look already visible in this shadowy teaser image.

If the concept transitions to production, it will enter as a rival to models like the Holden Trax, Ford’s EcoSport, the Nissan Juke and the Peugeot 2008.

The compact SUV market will grow further in 2015, with Renault’s incoming Captur and the new Honda HR-V both due.

Above: Holden's Trax has proven popular, with 4063 sales year-to-date.
Above: Holden's Trax has proven popular, with 4063 sales year-to-date.

Further down the line, we’ll see Suzuki’s new Vitara, revealed last month, along with the SsangYong ‘X100’, the Fiat 500X and its Jeep Renegade platform mate.

Mazda is believed to be planning a new CX-3 model to enter below the CX-5, and Volkswagen may also be planning a sub-Tiguan model.

Reports also suggest that Hyundai and Kia are planning new compact SUV models for the global market (although the ix25 has so far been ruled out for Australia).

Watch for more details on Toyota's new compact SUV concept to surface in the coming weeks.

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