With the compact crossover segment booming with new entries, Toyota soon intends to burst into the popular market with a production version of the C-HR concept. The angular crossover concept first debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2014, but was refreshed for this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show with rear doors. Toyota claims the recent concept will look very similar to the production version, which seems like a bold move for a brand with normally tame designs.
Based on Toyota’s new global architecture the C-HR is an extremely sporty crossover with its chiseled shape is expected to make the transition to the road largely unaltered. A hybrid is also expected to be included in the production powertrain lineup, but non-electrified options could be available, too. The C-HR will be built on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Generation Architecture) platform, which is shared with the new Prius. This will enable Toyota to offer the C-HR as a hybrid (a first in its class), though the automaker has yet to clarify if a gas-engined version will be sold as well. The hybrid powertrain will combine a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and CVT transmission with a four wheel drive system. Though the C-HR will compete with the Juke and other sub-compact crossovers, Toyota claims it will have superior interior space.
The world’s first look at the production C-HR will be in the spring of 2016, with sales following before next summer. Toyota isn’t set on the C-HR name, though, so expect that to change along with its production-ready body.
Toyota will reveal the production version of its C-HR Concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Expect a starting price of around Rs. 15 or 16 Lakh, if Toyota decides to bring the rakishly styled, little Compact SUV to India in 2017 or beyond.