- a new car company from turkey called togg announced plans to launch an electric suv in 2022.
- the top version of the suv, shown here in concept form, claims up to 310 miles of driving range and 400 horsepower from a pair of electric motors.
- togg has only announced plans to sell vehicles in europe so far, and we don't expect to see these in the u.s. market anytime soon.
turkey now fancies itself a player in the global automotive industry, as the country's first home-grown automaker has now announced plans to sell an electric suv starting in 2022. called togg (which stands for türkiye’nin otomobili girişim grubu), the company says it has engineered its own electric vehicle platform and collaborated with pininfarina for the design of the vehicle. it claims that the suv you see here is in early prototype form.
togg says two lithium-ion battery packs will be available, with the lower-capacity option providing 186 miles of range and the higher-capacity battery providing 310 miles of range (we assume these estimates line up with the european nedc cycle). a rear-wheel-drive setup is standard with a single 200-horsepower electric motor in the rear, while an all-wheel-drive option adds a front electric motor that takes output to a claimed 400 horsepower. togg says that the rwd model will go from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds, while the awd model will do the deed in 4.8 seconds.
while togg has not yet shared exact dimensions of the suv, it looks to be about the size of the mercedes-benz glc or bmw x3. the five-seat interior looks futuristic and relatively luxurious, with a vast array of screens on the dashboard and center console, side camera mirrors with displays mounted on the a-pillars, and decent-looking materials.
togg also showed a sedan concept that looks even more attractive to our eye, but the company hasn't made any announcements about when this second model will arrive. if we were to guess, we'd think it would use the same platform and electric drivetrain as the suv, but possibly at a lower price point.
we look forward to hearing more details about togg's entry into the european auto market over the next few years. the company hasn't said anything about expanding to other global markets, though, so we're not expecting to see any turkish cars in the u.s. market quite yet.