2017 Toyota C-HR

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Toyota has made a huge splash at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show with its 2017 C-HR crossover debut. This C-segment, couple- like crossover wears very aggressive styling, especially for Toyota, and offers both hybrid and conventional powertrains with a CVT and an honest, six-speed manual gearbox.

The C-HR’s Geneva debut suggests Toyota’s plans for rollout. The crossover will first be available in Europe and surrounding counties, with the U.S. to follow. Production is set for Toyota’s Sakarya, Turkey plant. Showing its global reach, Toyota designed the C-HR at the Calty design center in California, the hybrid powertrain will be built in Toyota’s UK engine plant, and the whole project is managed from Toyota’s home office in Japan.

Response, linearity, and consistency are said to be the C-HR’s theme, set by chief engineer Hiroyuki Koba. Toyota benchmarked the current crop of C-segment hatchbacks for driving dynamics, though we’re hoping engineers leaned toward the hot-hatch end of things. While that isn’t likely the case, Toyota says the C-HR was engineered to be fun to drive.

Hybrid versions are powered by 1.8-liter four-cylinder, while conventional models are powered by either a 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

The C-HR should begin arriving in European showrooms in the fall of 2016, with U.S.-bound models arriving in the spring of 2017. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we suspect the C-HR will slot above the RAV4, which starts just over $24,000.

Exterior

Wow, Toyota’s designers outdid themselves on this one. The C-HR certainly is different from anything we’ve seen from the automaker before, though it somewhat reminds us of the Hyundai Veloster. That’s probably because the C-HR’s rear doors have C-pillar-mounted door handles that nearly intersect with the sloping roof. The Veloster aside, the C-HR is undeniably sporty and is certainly Toyota’s most aggressive design on a hybrid.

Up front, the C-HR looks somewhat similar to the current RAV4 thanks to the large headlights and piano black accent that spans between them. The bumper features an unconventional design, with the lower fascia sucking in all the air. Fog lights, air scoops, and angular panels abound. The angles continue onto the side, where the C-HR looks like it’s been hitting the gym. The sculpted area below the A-pillar looks muscular, as does the body line that flows along the fender arches and lower door panels.

The funkiness continues out back. The glass hatch slopes off the roof at a steep angle, then joins the nearly vertical body panel. The opening is bookened by large, boomerang-style, LED taillights. Down low, the bumper sports faux vents behind the rear tires, while black body molding is carried over from the lower section of the side doors.

Overall, the C-HR carries a futuristic and youthful design that promises a fun driving experience. Whether Toyota has delivered on that promise is yet to be seen, but we’ll let you know once we get behind the wheel.

Interior

Toyota has yet to release photos of the C-HR’s interior, so we can’t say for certain what’s going on. However, we expect the dash to continue the funky styling found outside, while offering the latest Entune infotainment software. Seating for five is expected, along with a folding second-row bench for cargo hauling. We’ll bring you more when Toyota makes the announcement.

Drivetrain

The 2017 C-HR might look like a hot rod, but it will perform like a typical Toyota. The halo powertrain is the hybrid system. Toyota was short on details at Geneva, but did say the system uses a 120-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder. The system is also much lighter than past systems, has a record-beating thermal efficiency of 40 percent, and is more eco-friendly, thanks to a 90 g/km emissions rating.

The base non-hybrid powertrain is a 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 113 horsepower. This is the same powertrain that debuted with the Toyota Auris, the wagon version of the Corolla. It can be had with either the six-speed manual transmission or the CVT. Opting for the CVT opens up the choice of an AWD system beyond the standard FWD offering.

The optional gasoline engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes solely with the CVT. This is likely the only gasoline powertrain available for the U.S. market. Its specs have not been released.

Safety

Toyota has loaded the C-HR with safety equipment it normally reserves for higher-end vehicles. Therefore, the Toyota Safety Sense system comes standard, which includes a Pre-Collision system, Lane Departure Alert, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High beams, Pedestrian Detection, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Prices

Toyota hasn’t announced any pricing information, though we expect that to happen closer to the C-HR’s on-sale sate in the fall of 2016. Pricing for the U.S. version will come later, just before the C-HR’s arrival in the U.S. in the spring of 2017. Prices are expected to be slightly higher than the Toyota RAV4.’s pricing. That means we can expect the C-HR to start at around $25,000.

Competition

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

The Juke is perhaps the funkiest crossover currently on the market. Nissan’s design is unconventional, to say the least, but it somehow works. The Juke has become a popular choice in the compact crossover segment, with sales exceeding what anyone imagined. Furthering its popularity is the addition of the Nismo RS and outlandish Nismo R. Standard models are powered by either the 1.2-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter diesel (both in Europe), or the 1.6-liter four-cylinder (in the U.S.)

Prices for the Nissan Juke start around $20,000, with the Nismo RS commanding an $8,000 premium.

Conclusion

Toyota has broken the mold with the C-HR. Its more avant-garde appearance, optional hybrid powertrain, and dynamic driving characteristics should attract the industry’s attention. The C-HR might be late to the compact crossover segment, but Toyota may just have a homerun on its first bat.

Though it’s unlikely, it would be fantastic to see the automaker match the out-there styling with a performance model. The Juke Nismo RS would be an honorable benchmark, and Toyota has certainly been lacking any sort of honest performance model beside the GT 86.

Regardless, the C-HR looks to be an impressive player in the compact crossover segment. We’re definitely itching to see its interior, and then its eventual arrival on U.S. shores in 2017.

LOVE IT

  • Stunning looks
  • Wide powertrain options, including hybrid
  • Should compete well

LEAVE IT

  • Late to the game
  • Toyota quiet on details

Press Release

Making its world debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show, the C-HR gives Toyota a powerful new presence in the crossover market. Designed to stand out both within the Toyota line-up and in its segment, it represents Akio Toyoda’s determination to allow greater stylistic freedom and promote engineering creativity in order to achieve eye-catching designs and enhanced driving pleasure.

Geneva, Switzerland – The Toyota C-HR’s unique character demonstrates the flexibility that the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) gives to vehicle developers in the three key areas of design, powertrain and dynamics, enabling them to deliver a new and fresh take on the increasingly commoditized crossover segment.

As a result, the Toyota C-HR remains remarkably true to the general features of the concept-cars that attracted so much public attention in Paris in 2014 and in Frankfurt in 2015. Its coupe-like lines are a testimony to the resolve of its designers to create a style that stands out in the Toyota range, and to establish a new direction amongst mid-sized crossovers.

The Toyota C-HR also brings innovation to its segment through the introduction of a hybrid powertrain. Using Toyota’s very latest 1.8 hybrid system, the C-HR’s driving experience is perfectly aligned with modern urban life, and matched to a level of efficiency previously unseen in the crossover segment.

Finally, guided by Chief Engineer Hiroyuki Koba’s vision “Response, Linearity and Consistency” the C-HR’s driving dynamics have been deliberately benchmarked on the precision and control experienced at the wheel of a modern C-segment hatchback, thanks to the meticulous refinement of Toyota’s most recent platform and its low centre of gravity. The aim was to allow the C-HR to carry its speed through corners, with excellent body control and steering fluidity, making it enjoyable not only when flowing through busy city traffic but also on the open road independent of the surface condition, in a way that exceeds the current standards for a crossover.

Stand Out With Passion

Aware of the already crowded crossover market, the development team decided from the start on a very targeted approach, centred on a clear and singular customer image.

He is a driver who is predominantly driven by emotional considerations. He wants to stand out, and wants to be the first to try new experiences and products. He chooses style over outright practicality, and he sees his car as an extension of his personality. He looks for quality in anything that he buys, and he enjoys a spirited drive. And, since he lives in the city, his car needs to be able to keep up with him as he weaves in and out of rush hour traffic.

A Coupe-like Design

In response to the tastes and requirements of this target customer, the Toyota C-HR introduces a distinctive styling that brings newfound dynamism and sensuality to the crossover market. The production car remains remarkably true to the concept car which was first shown at the Paris Motorshow in 2014, and which registered extremely well with the target customer.

Featuring a body with a diamond architectural theme with wheel arches projecting prominently at all four corners to emphasise the new crossover’s strength and rigidity, the C-HR’s modulated structure combines the powerful lower body and raised ground clearance with the slim and sleek cabin profile of a coupe.

Viewed from any angle, the C-HR’s combination of facetted gemstone-like shapes with fluid surfaces and elegantly integrated detailing create a delicate balance of precision and sensuality.

The front represents a further development of Toyota’s Under Priority and Keen Look design identity. The slender upper grille flows from Toyota mark into the sleek, aggressive wing extremities of the headlamp clusters and wraps fully around the front corners of the vehicle.

The lamp clusters incorporate full LED lighting with light guides and sequential turn signals, giving the C-HR its own unique visual signature.

Below, the enhanced three-dimensionality of the bumper that’s integrated with the wheel flairs and the trapezoidal lower grille architecture reinforce the C-HR’s wide, firmly planted stance.

The movement of the blacked out rocker panel towards the front and rear wheel, along with the shoulder axis that runs through to the front and rear emphasize the fast-looking, “lift-up” feel of the thin body. The C-HR’s coupe-like styling is further enhanced by disguised rear door handles integrated within the C pillar, and the powerful projection of the sweeping roofline into a large, skeletal frame rear spoiler.

To the rear, the strongly tapered cabin integrates the back door while securing luggage space. This contrasts with the pronounced flaring of the wheel arches to give the new crossover a wide and extremely powerful stance. Standing proud of the tapering body work, prominent rear light clusters may also be equipped with LED lamp technology to give the rear view of the C-HR an equally expressive visual signature.

This car is the result of a global cooperation between our design centers on 3 continents and was managed by PCD (Project Chief Designer) Kazuhiko Isawa at headquarters. The original exterior design was created by Calty, our design studio in California.

Responsive and Frugal Powertrains

The Toyota C-HR will be equipped with an engine-range that is designed to deliver exactly the fluent driving behaviour that its customers are looking for. This finds its full expression at the wheel of the hybrid version, the intrinsic characteristics of which guarantee a smooth, jolt-free ride. Fitted with the latest-generation hybrid power plant, the C-HR has CO2 emissions of less than 90 g/km, unrivalled within its segment.

Delivering 122 DIN hp, this new hybrid powertrain is more efficient and lighter, and offers sharper performance than the previous system. Detailed design changes to the engine have resulted in a thermal efficiency of 40% – a world-beating performance for a petrol unit. Other hybrid system components have been made lighter and smaller, and have been repositioned for optimum packaging, further contributing to the car’s lower centre of gravity.

Alternatively, the Toyota C-HR is available with the new 115 DIN hp/85 kW 1.2 litre turbo engine, which debuted in the Auris. It comes with the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission system, which is developed to meet expectations in response & direct feel for European people familiar with manual and automatic gearboxes. The CVT is available in front-wheel or 4-wheel drive versions.

And finally, a 2-litre CVT-only model will be available for certain markets.

Dynamics that Belie a Crossover

The design and development of the Toyota C-HR chassis has received the full attention of the Chief Engineer Hiroyuki Koba, himself a keen driver. From the very outset of the project, he travelled thousands of kilometres along European roads in order to understand not only the requirements of the road network, but also the way that Europeans drive.

“I have noticed, for example, that Europeans have a much more fluid driving style, based on a more acute observation of traffic” observes Hiroyuki Koba. “They avoid obstacles simply by adapting their trajectory and speed and will focus to carry on speed aiming for efficient progress, while elsewhere in the world the preferred approach is very often to stop. This has prompted us to work with our European team on driving precision in all aspects of the vehicle. We wanted to achieve performance on a par with a good C-segment hatchback.”

With its low centre of gravity and multi-link rear suspension, the new TNGA-based platform has formed an ideal starting point from which to ensure that all of the features of the chassis could be designed to obtain an immediate and natural response to the driver’s actions. Chief Engineer Hiroyuki Koba has been engaged in each key dynamic assessment and decision, assuring that his vision “Response, Linearity and Consistency” fully came to life.

In particular, steering has been designed to be perfectly linear which, together with the optimum limitation of rolling motion, gives the Toyota C-HR remarkable driving precision for a crossover. Limiting body movement, which generally affects tall cars in particular, also has a direct influence on comfort. Even on European often battered roads, the car remains remarkably composed and accurate, adding to the confidence and joy of driving.

Advanced Safety Equipment as Standard

In line with Toyota’s strategy to democratise advanced safety equipment, the C-HR will be equipped with technology usually reserved for higher segments. The Toyota Safety Sense system that will be offered as standard on C-HR includes a Pre-Collision system, Lane Departure Alert, Road Sign Assist and Automatic Highbeam, as well as Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Production

The Toyota C-HR will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) in Sakarya, Turkey. This marks the first time a hybrid-powered vehicle has been produced in the country, and falls within the scope of Toyota Motor Europe’s Greater Europe manufacturing and sales operations.

This will be TME’s third hybrid vehicle production plant in Europe, together with Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (Yaris Hybrid) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK in Burnaston, Derbyshire (Auris Hybrid and Auris Hybrid

Touring Sport). The hybrid engine is to be produced at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK’s engine plant in Deeside, Wales.

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