The world debut of Toyota’s C-HR at Geneva this week marks the arrival of the first full-hybrid option in the mid-size crossover/SUV segment.
The new C-HR shares the latest TNGA platform with the 2016 Prius, and when fitted with Toyota’s latest 1.8-litre hybrid system is said to emit less than 90g/km of C02, an unrivalled figure for the class. Alongside the hybrid version, the new model will also be available in the UK with a 1.2-litre, 114bhp turbocharged petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or CVT gearbox – the latter available with optional four-wheel drive. A larger 2.0 petrol option will also be offered in some markets, but not here in the UK when sales start this summer.
The final design of the C-HR – which will take on rivals like the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke – stays true to the concept versions that have been revealed previously. It’s said to combine the powerful lower sections and raised stance of an SUV, with the slim and sleek cabin profile of a coupe. Toyota describes the eye-catching styling as having a ‘diamond architectural theme with prominently projecting wheel arches to emphasise strength and rigidity’.
As part of the promotional campaign for its new crossover, Toyota recently announced that a racing version would compete in the classic Nurburgring 24hr race in May this year. It will be part of a three-car Toyota factory team that also includes the Lexus RC and RC F.