Just as Volkswagen and Honda seek to keep their joint venture partners happy by giving them different versions of the same basic model, so too does TMC. FAW Toyota builds and sells the latest RAV4 but GAC Toyota wanted some of the C-SUV action too. Thus the Wildlander, an imminent SUV especially for China.

This future vehicle has quite a lot of exterior changes compared to the RAV4. A 170HP naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine is the standard powertrain, linked to a CVT. What should be the infinitely more popular Wildlander Hybrid is instead propelled by a 219HP 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and one motor, driving through an E-CVT.

GAC/Guangqi Toyota is yet to announce official details. Neither has it released any images. Both vehicles should be revealed at the Guangzhou motor show next month in the JV's home city. Sales are due to commence by early 2020.

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