Toyota created the C-HR Concept to explore new directions for compact crossovers. In a segment that is full of bland contenders, the C-HR Concept was design stands out. The vehicle made its first appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and excited the crowd with its possibilities. This year, Toyota has updated the stylish concept with the intention of launching a mass-market version of the vehicle.
The C-HR Concept is visually distinctive, thanks to its expressive diamond-inspired styling, packed full of eye-catching details that have been sculpted and chamfered to represent the facetted surfaces of a precision-cut gemstone. The vehicle builds on two key elements of Toyota’s design language―Keen Look and Under Priority―to create a bold, emphatic front profile that emphasizes the lower grille as well as increasing aerodynamic performance, cooling, and pedestrian safety.
To prepare for a mass-market release, Toyota has updated C-HR Concept with changes such as the shift from a three-door to a five-door format and the roof color scheme switching from a two-tone (blue and black) to a uniform glossy black color scheme.
The Toyota C-HR Concept makes use of the Toyota New Global Architecture which will enable Toyota to create a new vehicle with improved chassis rigidity, handling stability, and comfort. Additionally, Toyota aims to give the concept an engine with a thermal efficiency of over 40 percent, as well as further improving fuel efficiency by making the hybrid system―including the motor and battery―smaller and more lightweight.
Toyota hopes to show a production-ready model at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2016.
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