The Japanese brand first showed its idea of a small crossover at theParis motor show in 2014; at the Frankfurt motor show this autumn it tweaked that concept’s looks to produce a vehicle that’s said to be much closer to the final production version.
Toyota has confirmed that the final production version of the car will be shown at the Geneva show in spring 2016, with sales starting before next summer. The crossover could be called Auris Cross when it reaches production.
The biggest difference between the Frankfurt concept and the original was the addition of a pair of rear doors – a sign that, like the Juke, the production version of the car is likely to be offered as a five-door only.
Much of the original show car’s complex surfacing has been retained, however, along with a sloping rear roofline that’s designed to give it a more sporting stance.
The C-HR will be made on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Generation Architecture) platform, which made its production-car debut at Frankfurt underneath the latest-generation of Prius.
The model will be offered as a hybrid. Toyota claims this will be the first hybrid model in its class, although it has not said whether conventionally powered versions of the C-HR will also be available.
Recent spy shots have shown two different prototypes of the same crossover testing on different continents. Both cars confirmed that the C-HR’s two-door coupé style has been translated into a four-door layout.
The C-HR is expected to be powered a four-cylinder powerplant for its internal combustion engine, paired with a CVT gearbox. It will sit below the RAV4 in Toyota’s range. It will be a similar size as aNissan Juke but is expected to offer interior space that rivals the Qashqai’s.
The C-HR’s looks were created in response to a demand from company boss Akio Toyoda for Toyota’s designers to be more adventurous. Recent designs for Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, have shown the initial response to that demand. Potential customers are said to have favoured the concept’s looks over more traditional interpretations of crossover themes.
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