After making it’s debut in coupe form as a concept in Paris last year, Toyota’s C-HR compact SUV design study returns in time for the Frankfurt Motor Show, this time cloaked in a more practical five-door body.
This won’t be the final form the vehicle adopts when it reaches production, but Toyota has confirmed that we’ll see the production version at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2016.
Toyota also claims that this Frankfurt concept is representative of the production model arriving next year.
The C-HR sits atop Toyota’s new modular TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, as debuted beneath the new Prius, also being unveiled at Frankfurt.
In line with Toyota president, Akio Toyoda’s promise that the brand’s new models would bring the fun back to driving, the C-HR features a low centre of gravity and rigid body structure.
“The stunning looks, compact packaging and outstanding agility inherent in the C-HR Concept mean the production car is definitely on our wish-list for Australia,” According to Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s executive director of sales and marketing. “Given the right specification, pricing and availability for our market, we would expect the C-HR production model to accelerate the already-hot demand for vehicles in the small SUV segment,” “Toyota is obviously keen to compete in what is the fastest-growing category across the entire Australian market, with sales up more than 30 per cent so far this year.”
That would put the C-HR up against top-sellers like the Mitsubishi ASX and Subaru XV, as well as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.
The boldly styled C-HR concepts seen so far feature dramatic styling comparable to Nissan’s out-there Juke.
The newest C-HR concept continues the themes set by its coupe predecessor with a floating roof, strong feature line that runs off the back of the headlamps, across the doors and kicks up over the rear wheel arch, and hidden rear doors that maintain the coupe-like look of the first concept.
Massive 21-inch wheels and freestanding rear light clusters complete the C-HR’s unusual looks. It’s safe to say that by the time the C-HR reaches production, smaller wheels, and more practical rear door solution will likely be offered.
Toyota is yet to reveal details of the C-HR’s powertrain. The initial concept was powered by a hybrid powertrain, claimed to significantly reduce fuel consumption, although final output figures weren’t given – the second generation concept is likely to continue the hybrid theme.