After two boldly styled concept precursors, the Toyota C-HR has arrived in time for the Geneva Auto Show wearing its production bodywork.
While Toyota has tried to incorporate the styling themes from the concept versions, the end result is dramatically different, with a taller roof line to properly accommodate rear seat passengers and much smaller wheels than before.
That’s not to say Toyota has abandoned the look of the C-HR concepts entirely, with the production version featuring the same fattened guards, sweeping headlights, and bulbous boomerang-shaped tail lights for a Nissan Juke meets Renault Captur-esque appearance.
Those two aforementioned vehicles will also be key rivals to the C-HR, along with the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Unlike any of those competitors however, the C-HR is said to feature an undisclosed hybrid drivetrain.
At this point it remains to be seen is Toyota will offer a traditional petrol-powered version, or if it will stick with a hybrid-only powertrain, like the recently announced Kia Niro hybrid SUV.
Under the skin the production C-HR rides atop Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the same platform that underpins the new Prius, and it set to find its way beneath even more future Toyota small-to-medium sized offerings.
Toyota Australia is known to have its hand up for the C-HR, and is keen to see the compact SUV on sale here as quickly as possible but at this early stage little is known about price, specification, or a firm arrival date.
TMR will keep you up to date with more info about the C-HR as it comes to hand, until then be sure to leave us your thoughts on Toyota’s new sub-RAV4 offering in the comments.