Toyota, Mazda developing compact SUV, EV?

Toyota\'s Prius-based crossover will be powered by a Mazda-source diesel.

A new report coming out of Japan finds the recent alliance between Toyota and Mazda will spawn several all-new models.

Toyota is developing a new compact crossover that will ride on the same platform as the next-gen Prius. However, it will forgo the Prius' gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain and instead use a 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that is currently found under the hood of the CX-5 in a number of global markets.

Rated at 103 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque, the fuel-sipping oil-burner will allow the crossover to drive for nearly 500 miles between fill-ups, and an inside source predicts the yet-unnamed soft-roader will offer a "far better driving experience" than the Prius. Design-wise, the crossover will borrow a handful of styling cues from the C-HR concept (pictured) that was presented last fall in Paris but it will gain an extra set of doors.

As a trade-off, a number of current and upcoming Mazda models will be available with Toyota's hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology. Additionally, the two companies will team up to design a BMW i3-sized EV that will boast a total driving range of at least 124 miles. Developed largely with the United States market in mind, the electric twins will carry a base price of approximately $23,000, a figure that will make them considerably less expensive than the more capable Chevrolet Bolt.

Photos by Ronan Glon.

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