TOGG, a consortium of Turkish companies, has become the country’s first homegrown automaker, and has announced plans to launch its first model in 2022. This will be an all-electric SUV, which will initially be sold only in European markets.
Design of the SUV is done by famed Italian firm Pininfarina, but TOGG claims the electric vehicle platform has been developed and engineered in-house. Apparently the SUV’s design was inspired by the tulip, one of the oldest symbols of Anatolia. Although the SUV's dimensions haven't been announced yet, it is expected to be roughly the same size of an Audi Q5 or a BMW X3.
The five-seat interior looks relatively plush and seems to have been well put together with decent materials. Digital infotainment displays are spread across the dashboard and the centre console has all the tech trappings that one would expect from a mid- to top-spec vehicle.
TOGG says two lithium-ion battery packs will be available, with the base option providing 300+ kilometres of range and the larger option providing 500+ kilometres of range.
TOGG has promised to lead the development of widespread charging infrastructure in Turkey, and claims that customers will be able to attain 80% battery charge level in less than 30 minutes with fast charging. The company claims its Turkish customers will be able to reach y Istanbul from Izmir or from Ankara to Antalya on one full charge. The name TOGG stands for Türkiye’nin Otomobili Girişim Grubu.