Turkey’s economy may be in bad shape, but it has not stopped the development of TOGG-branded vehicles. Our spy photographers were caught testing a camouflage prototype of an electric SUV on public roads, which shows an evolutionary design compared to the 2019 concept.
For those unfamiliar with the name, Togg is an autonomous startup that aims to create and build the first indigenous EV in Turkey. The first production model will be the SUV with pictures before the end of 2022.
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The camouflage prototype looks like a concept car, but a closer look reveals several changes. The headlights are slightly larger, the bonnet shut-lines have moved backwards, the wheel diameter is smaller, the door handles are more common, while the proportions appear to have changed to a smaller rear end.
Nevertheless, the overall design concept is recognized as an evolution and seems to be close to production. We assume that changes were needed to accommodate EV-dedicated platforms, electric motors and battery packs while complying with the rules. Last year, Tug released body-in-white photos of the SUV from the factory floor, showing the same design as the disguised prototype.
Togg has previously announced SUV targeted specs that will be available in two different power outputs – a single-motor RWD with a range of 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and a 500 km (310 miles) range, and a dual-motor 400 hp ( AWD with range 298 kW / 406 PS) and 400 km (186 miles). The battery packs will be made in-house jointly with Chinese brand Farasis. With over-the-air updates and 5G connectivity, the Level 2 autonomous capacity will be increased to Level 3.
The SUV will follow more models that share the same EV-dedicated architecture, including a sedan, a hatchback and a minivan. All of them will be produced in the Jemlik district of the northwestern Turkish province of Bursa,