Toyota has announced more details on their new modular TNGA platform that plays a vital role in the company’s strategy to create ‘ever-better cars’.
Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which currently underpins the latest Prius and the eagerly-awaited C-HR, aims to play a fundamental role in the company’s goal to offer more fun-to-drive cars.
The latest example of this is of course the new Toyota C-HR that promises to combine striking design with driver enjoyment. The new TNGA-C platform is designed in such way that allows tailor-made changes to suit the demands of a given vehicle.
The adaptability of it is demonstrated in the C-HR’s shorter wheelbase compared to Prius (2,640 vs 2,700mm) and wider front and rear tracks (+20mm front, +10mm rear), showcasing also the different packaging and handling needs between the two models.
Toyota was aiming to create a crossover that offers the same dynamics with a ‘very competent hatchback’, one that’s suited to the fast and fluid style of European drivers. One of the key benefits of the TNGA-C platform is the low center of gravity, giving the new C-HR the lowest one among its rivals, resulting in balanced handling, less body roll and a more engaging drive.
The new platform is also 65 percent more rigid than the company’s previous C-segment architecture, providing a solid base for tuning the suspension to the desired handling and comfort standards. The new C-HR uses a McPherson strut design at the front, paired with a large-diameter antiroll bar to reduce body roll and a double wishbone setup from the latest Prius at the rear.
Toyota claims that the new Prius and C-HR are only the start, as the company is set to introduce more new models based on the TNGA platform in the future.