After originally showing its C-HR concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Toyota wheeled out a second version of its small SUV at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.
That second version added an extra pair of doors to turn the adventurous three-door into a more practical five-door, without straying too far from the original C-HR’s swept and aggressive style.
It was at Frankfurt that Toyota also confirmed that the final, production ready version will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, in March 2016.
Now new information from UK publication Autocar suggest that the C-HR might wear Auris Cross badges when it arrives in European showrooms.
As for the rest of the world, the name may differ, with the regular Auris hatch wearing Corolla badges in Australia and the Scion iM nametag in the United States, meaning an alternative name may be sought in those markets.
While a new name could appear on the rump of the new model, the C-HR moniker (which stands for Compact High Rider) is also just as likely to survive in markets where Auris isn’t used.
Toyota is adamant that the five-door version shown at Frankfurt won’t be dramatically changed in the move to production, but it’s safe to expect the massive 21-inch wheels of the concept will be replaced with something a little smaller, along with reprofiled bumpers and different head and tail lights.
The dramatic styling is a result of Toyota president, Akio Toyoda’s desire to produce cars that engender a more passionate response than some of the brand’s current offerings
Underpinning the C-HR will be a chassis built from the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA), flexible platform, as seen beneath the new Prius, which also debuted at Frankfurt.
A hybrid powertrain will make its way into the C-HR in Europe, the first in it’s class according to Toyota, although it is unclear if a regular petrol-only version will also be offered.
When it arrives the C-HR will slot into the Toyota range, beneath the RAV4 and offer a competitor in the rapidly growing compact SUV segment, against the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V while giving the oddly-styled Nissan Juke some competition for outrageous styling.