• Dec 19th 2007 at 3:40PM
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Toyota's presence at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) will be punctuated by what the automaker is calling a "crossover sedan" that incorporates elements of both a sedan and an SUV. The U.S.-designed and engineered 2009 Toyota Venza will seat five and be built alongside the Camry, Avalon and Solara at ToMoCo's plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. That pretty much means it's a go for production despite never having been glimpsed by the public.

The idea of a "crossover sedan" may just mean that the Venza is a jacked-up Camry, but we'd suspect that this new model would take aim at Ford's Edge and possibly GM's line of Lambda-based CUVs, with car underpinnings and a hatch. In fact, it sounds similar in form to the upcoming BMW X6. Failing that, we're picturing a Toyota version of the AMC Eagle (shown above), which would certainly open up yet another niche into the market.

[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE:

All-New Toyota Venza Crossover Sedan to Make World Debut at 2008 North American International Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will stage the world premiere of the all-new 2009 Toyota Venza crossover sedan at a press conference at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Venza will be a unique blend of sedan and sport utility vehicle, offering seating for five, easy ingress and egress, a car-like ride and functional utility. Venza was designed and engineered in the United States and will be assembled at Toyota's manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The press conference will be held on Monday, January 14 at 10:50 AM Eastern Time in the Riverview Ballroom at COBO Center and simulcast live to the Toyota display area at the show. A video clip of the press conference will be available for viewing following the event on the Toyota.com website.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "...2009 Toyota Venza will seat five and be built alongside the Camry, Avalon and Solara at ToMoCo's plant in Georgetown, Kentucky"

      The Venza sounds like a Camry Outback.

      I'm wondering if the Venza will take the place of the Solara if/when it is discontinued?
      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/01/19/toyota-to-honda-you-can-have-midsize-coupe-market-we-out-sort/
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly. The Camry SUS (Sport Utility Sedan), like the Legacy Outback SUS from circa 2003 or so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So they just bought some Subaru shares, and they are making a direct opponent to the Outback?
        • 7 Years Ago
        they bought Subaru shares for access to their AWD technology
        • 7 Years Ago
        Follow the money. Subaru AWD drive gear is Aisin. Toyota owns a big chunk of Aisin. They were protecting there investment. This is smart business.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "they bought Subaru shares for access to their AWD technology"

        No, they've had good AWD technology (remember the Celica All-Trac Turbo?) for years. Besides, Subaru's system is designed for boxer engines, not inline or V configurations.

        They bought the shares for access to Fuji Heavy's battery technology.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's amazing how much life AMC got out of that platform.

      It started as the Hornet wagon in 1971!
      • 7 Years Ago
      So they copy AMC which they hlped kill back in the 70's. Good one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its time to re-classify SUVs Crossovers and Station wagons.

      SUVs Should look like The Ford Edge/Nissan Morano (basically any Crossover that doesn't look like a station wagon)

      Crossovers like the Taurus-X etc... should just be called station wagons becuase thats what they are..

      Station wagons can be renamed to Sport Wagons
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's basically a love child of the Camry and an RX. I think it's positioned more to go against stuff like the Edge and the now dead Pacifica.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Black and others- it amazes me how many of you think the AMC Eagle in the image was a mistake or was meant to fool people. It is a joke, people. Sheesh. The big Toyota Emblem photoshopped onto the front of a very obvious AMC Eagle (woodgrain and all) should not elicit this type of response from true car people. Just laugh at the joke and move on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let me guess, the 4wd version with only be available with an automatic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great put on.

      That's an AMC Eagle wagon, circa 1987 or so, right down to the hubcaps.

      See link:

      http://www.amcrc.com/somerset/amc1st.JPG

      Actually not a bad car, and many still exist, today. The Jeep 4WD technology AMC used to build the Eagle served it quite well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Personally, I'd much rather have an AMC Eagle Wagon- make mine the rare 1988 model, please.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Now you've gone and made me cry. Thanks alot.

        I feel dead on the inside.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It'll basically be a Scion xB but probably somewhat larger, and with more aerodynamic styling. The xB is basically a Camry wagon with boxy exterior styling.

      Funny thing is that I was looking for exactly such a car, and was a little disappointed that the xB wouldn't have given me any more passenger room (although it would give a lot more cargo room with the seats folded down...almost 70 cubic feet), so I was considering buying a Legacy Outback wagon, but I guess Toyota decided to build something of their own.

      Guess we'll see if it's any good.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Isn't the xB based on a Corolla platform? A tall corolla wagon? The xB does not seem to be much bigger than a matrix, just taller, no?
        • 7 Years Ago
        so what did you buy?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you think that photo was really intended to fool anyone? I really hope not!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't this something like the Toyota Mark X Zio?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/09/27/japan-toyota-reveals-mark-x-zio/
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bingo! Thanks for the link. I had forgotten all about that concept but that has to be what this is. Really more of a competitor to the Mazda CX-7/9 and the soon to be dead Pacifica, IMHO.
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