Toyota shows off its C-HR hybrid crossover concept

2014-11-20 06:11:28

This is Toyota’s new C-HR concept – a Nissan Juke-rivalling crossover that is underpinned by a hybrid drivetrain.

The company previewed the C-HR concept earlier this month at the Paris motor show and used it to gauge public reaction to its eccentric-looking new angular crossover. At this stage, Toyota have just provided us with two teaser shots of the exterior. The distinctive, aero-inspired floating rear lamp clusters enhance the broad shoulders of the C-HR Concept’s lower body. The company says that its highly-facetted lower body, muscular wheel arches and aggressively angled rear shoulders will be contrasted by a sleek cabin profile.

However, the exterior shots confirm that the C-HR concept is a further development of Toyota’s ‘Under Priority’ and ‘Keen Look’ design identity. The C-HR concept introduces new styling themes which hint at a future design direction for all Toyota vehicles.

Like the company’s widely-acclaimed Prius model, the C-HR uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) technology. However, we are uncertain whether it is a like-for-like system since the Japanese company have not offered exact drivetrain details at this stage. However, since the C-HR looks more like a supermini-sized vehicle, we would suggest that its powertrain will be the 1.5-litre petrol engine as fitted to the Yaris hybrid. If our assumption is correct, buyers could expect fuel economy to be in excess of 80mpg.

The C-HR gives us a first hint of a crossover that Toyota would like to bring to the C-segment market.

This is an abridged article especially prepared by First4Auto on behalf of EcoCars4Sale. 

Reported By

Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor