Toyota C-HR production car set for Geneva

Toyota C-HR teaser

The Toyota C-HR crossover is on the way, and we’ll see it for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. It’s been teased today with a vague picture, but we expect it to look much like the previous concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt show.

Johan van Zyl, CEO of Toyota Europe, confirmed to Auto Express before the press conference that the finished product will look ‘very similar’ to this. We’ve seen less developed concepts of the C-HR at previous motor shows, and Toyota claims it’ll go on sale in the middle of 2016 just after its debut.

Toyota C-HR frankfurt concept

Billed as a high-tech Nissan Juke rival, the C-HR is far removed from models in the current Toyota range, with a more angular and coupe-like design in keeping with the style-led small crossover market. A shift from the previous three-door to a five-door format shows a step towards production.

It’s based on Toyota’s new ‘TNGA’ platform architecture, which is described as a “integrated development program for vehicle platforms and powertrain components”. It underpins the new Prius, and the C-HR is expected to share the same full hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Technical specs aren’t released yet but Toyota claims the petrol engine has a thermal efficiency of 40 per cent.

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