2016 toyota c-hr concept ii – DOC646151
Toyota will launch a small SUV aimed directly at the 2015 Nissan Juke . The 2016 Toyota C-HR concept that was shown at last year’s Paris Motor Show was supposed to be a preview of the upcoming car, although there were clearly a lot of non-production touches in that design. And though it still isn’t the official production version of the car, Toyota has just debuted a new C-HR concept for Frankfurt that is obviously much more practical than the Paris version. The design is still quite bold though, and Toyota says that it was made to gauge reactions from key demographics, i.e. European twentysomethings.
Enough of the elements form the Paris concept carry over that it seems Toyota really is serious about taking some real chances with this crossover . But that plan has been working pretty well for Nissan so far, so the segment is clearly one where customers are looking for something that really sticks out. The plan is for this to be a global vehicle, but Toyota has been very obvious about concentrating on Europe. Toyota’s stated reason for this is that Europe is the most demanding market for these kinds of vehicles, so if the C-HR can work there, it can work anywhere.
The C-HR has sprouted another set of doors since it was first shown in Paris. You have to look for them, as they’re almost concealed in the folds of the bodywork, but they’re there. It’s not dissimilar to the rear door design of, well, the Nissan Juke. Considering this, the overall shape of the car hasn’t changed all that much. This isn’t necessarily a good thing though, as it means that the windows on the back doors are almost entirely nonexistent. The angle of the C-pillars is also much more befitting a vehicle with two doors, but these problems will presumably be ironed out on the production version.
The design is very angular, and Toyota has likened it to a “highly-durable, precision-cut gemstone.” That’s far from being the craziest thing ever put in an automotive press release, and neither is it too big a leap to see a cut gem as an inspiration behind the design. It will probably have to be toned down a bit more for production, but it will still require a pretty bold design in order to take on the Juke, and it will be interesting to see Toyota walk that line.
Toyota hasn’t given us so much as a peek at the interior of the C-HR, in either its Paris form or this new one. About all we can know for certain is that it would have very poor visibility from the back seat. The interior will have to go up against the Juke’s , and will likely offer similar dimensions. The Juke’s interior is not at all an unpleasant place to be, but it is also pretty conventional and not nearly as wild as the exterior design, with the one exception of the center console.
So here is hoping that the C-HR ends up having a more imaginative interior. That would be the kind of thing that would attract those young buyers that Toyota is after and would set the crossover apart in the way that Toyota says it would like to. Since the crossover is clearly going to be a sort of styling flagship for Toyota, the interior should do something to bridge the gap between the sorts of interiors we usually see only on concept cars and those of current production vehicles.
With this new version of the concept, Toyota has elaborated a bit further on the drivetrain, although still stops short of giving any actual specifics. The Paris concept was identified simply as a hybrid, while this one was described as having a “new and more compact full-hybrid powertrain with lighter componentry.” What it doesn’t mention is whether or not it’s any cheaper than existing hybrid systems. A low price point is very important when trying to sell cars to young people, and the key to the Juke’s success is that it is both interesting and relatively inexpensive. Putting a hybrid system into the C-HR will either make it more expensive or force Toyota to skimp on other components in order to keep the price competitive with that of the Juke. Alternatively, the hybrid system may just be an option, with a base model being offered without the system.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the C-HR, or whatever it ends up being called once it makes it to production. That was fine when the first version of the concept was shown in Paris, but as it evolves and becomes more of a production version of the car, we will eventually need to know things like fuel economy, horsepower and what it actually looks like on the inside. But for now, it shows promise. Toyota ’s current crop of crossovers are very bland, and this more adventurous thinking could do the company a lot of good.
- bold styling is a big departure from the usual boring crossovers
- will be the only hybrid in its segment
- potentially amazing interior
- difficult to see how the price could compete with the Juke
- styling might be a bit too impractical
- would look really cool as a regular coupe, but isn’t one
Inspired by the warm welcome that the first TOYOTA C-HR Concept vehicle received when it premiered at the 2014 Paris motor show, designers have created a second C-HR Concept. Boasting a 5-door cabin, this new design study is more closely representative of the compact crossover which is now confirmed for production. Its more refined execution is designed to gage reactions from specific target customer groups, in order that their feedback may further inform the project designers and engineers.
This highly-innovative design study for a stylish, lightweight and dynamic hybrid crossover is designed to stand out in an increasingly homogenous market place. It is the next rendition of Akio Toyoda’s promise, on taking over the presidency of Toyota, to build always better cars that bring the fun back to driving.
Its compact proportions placing it between the B-SUV and C-SUV segments, the TOYOTA C-HR Concept offers the combination of outstanding agility and flexible packaging, both essential to those with urban lifestyles.
It has been designed around a new platform, developed under the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) programme, to satisfy customers’ demands for state of the art handling and controllability. In conjunction, a new, advanced, full-hybrid powertrain offers a uniquely engaging driving experience matched to 21st century traffic conditions, whilst delivering outstanding efficiency.
A Refined Diamond Styling Theme
The new, 5-door C-HR Concept continues Toyota’s exploration of an expressive new, diamond architecture styling theme. Below a compact, sensual cabin profile, the lower bodywork has been sculpted to represent the facetted surfaces of a highly-durable, precision-cut gemstone.
In plan form, the corners of the bodyshell have been cleanly shaved off. This both removes mass from the overall volume, and highlights the powerful flair of the front and rear wheel arches, reinforcing the crossover’s broad, planted stance from every viewpoint, and matching the target customer’s desire for a vehicle with a confident and sporty look.
The front of the C-HR Concept represents a further development of Toyota’s Keen Look design identity. Above a robust central bumper profile, the slim upper grille has been evolved into a floating ‘wing’ graphic which flows seamlessly around the front corners of the vehicle. At the wing extremities, streamlined headlamp clusters combine advanced lighting technology with diamond-pattern detailing.
Adding impact to the vehicle corners to further reinforce the new crossover’s solid stance and the low centre of gravity inhe-rent in its new TNGA platform, the large, diamond-patterned lower grille is flanked by strongly sculpted downward projections. These powerful frontal elements are underscored by an aero-inspired, floating front spoiler.
From the side, the highly-facetted lower body, muscular wheel arches and aggressively angular rear shoulder are juxtaposed with an exceptionally sleek cabin profile. Its ‘floating’ status reinforced by a piano black paint finish, the roof is detailed with patterned openings which create a uniquely animated play of light within the C-HR Concept’s cabin space.
Seen from the rear, the glasshouse tapers dramatically down to a powerfully facetted lower body highlighted by a pronounced diffuser, integrated foglamps and highly-distinctive, aero-inspired, floating rear lamp clusters incorporating diamond-pattern lens detailing.
The ‘diamond-cut’, machined-surface spokes of a unique, 21” wheel design hint at the sophistication and efficiency of the C-HR Concept’s full-hybrid powertrain.
Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) Platform
The new C-HR Concept is a striking representation of the benefits of TNGA; an innovative, integrated vehicle development approach for powertrain components and platforms being introduced on new Toyota models from this year forward.
TNGA manifests itself in the new C-HR Concept through an increase in body rigidity, better collision performance, improvements to the vehicle underbody and suspension, and a lowering of the centre of gravity.
Acting in conjunction, higher body rigidity and a lower centre of gravity reduce body movement and vehicle roll when cornering. This allows for a reduction in suspension stiffness and a resultant increase in ride comfort with no detriment to driving dynamics, equipping the C-HR Concept with the responsive handling, agility and straight-line stability on a par with the best C-segment hatchbacks.
Incorporating a set of new production techniques and technologies that will make it easier to turn vehicle designs and features into production reality, TNGA groups vehicle development to promote a strategic sharing of parts and powertrain components. This approach will reduce the resources required for development by 20% or more, freeing up investment for improved product strengths and advanced technology development for sustainable growth.
A New, More Efficient Hybrid System
C-HR Concept doesn’t only stand out through its unique design. It also introduces hybrid technology to the segment. In this case, a new and more compact full-hybrid powertrain with lighter componentry. It reflects significant advances in battery, electric motor and petrol engine technologies, offering further reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Operating in synergy with a petrol engine boasting world-beating thermal efficiency of over 40%, the C-HR Concept’s next-generation full-hybrid powertrain combines state-of-the-art battery technology with new, highly-compact electric motors offering a marked increase in power density.
More compact, lighter in weight and more efficient than Toyota’s current hybrid systems, the new full-hybrid powertrain developed under the TNGA programme will also be notably more refined, and even easier and more intuitive to drive, with a natural, smooth and immediate response to driver inputs.
A Global Project Rooted in the European Market
The new C-HR Concept is another tangible application of Toyota’s new Global Vision thinking, first advocated by President Akio Toyoda in 2011.
Recognizing that Europe is the most demanding market for small and mid-sized vehicles, Toyota uses this region as benchmark for defining future global A-, B- and C-segment cars. Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has also become the company’s skill centre for perceived quality and vehicle dynamics.
In the case of the C-HR Concept, there was close cooperation between Toyota’s vehicle planning centres in Japan and in Europe, in order to get a good understanding of the latest European customer demands and vehicle trends. The styling of the concept car is the result of a global cooperation between ED2 (European Design Development Centre) and the other Toyota design centres.
Following the overwhelming reaction to the first TOYOTA C-HR Concept shown at the 2014 Paris Motorshow, TME will continue to work hand in hand with TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan) to enter the C-Crossover segment.