Toyota is bringing its C-HR a step closer to production, with a concept version at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The production version is due to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in the spring of 2016.
First shown to the world at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, the stylish compact crossover is destined for competition against the Nissan Juke but has the difference of being a hybrid. The C-HR is slightly larger than Juke and the now defunct Toyota Matrix, slotting in between the new Scion iM and the Toyota Prius in overall exterior dimensions.
The latest iteration is now a four door with side mirrors, door handles and more production friendly panels and components. It still bears the new face of Toyota (Keen Look and Under Priority), bearing a resemblance to both the new Corolla, Yaris and Camry, and a rear treatment that’s very reminiscent of Juke’s. The roof is now fully black (the original C-HR was painted blue and featured a two-tone roof – blue and black).
The C-HR Concept uses Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), which will spread throughout the Toyota line (including the newly introduced Prius) to create vehicles with improved chassis rigidity, handling stability and ride comfort. The renowned Toyota Hybrid system (motor and battery) will reportedly be lighter and smaller, but not much else is known about what it will look like in this vehicle (or even if it will have one when it comes to production).