|Toyota premieres for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show include the C-HR Crossover, Hilux pick up (European debut) and Pro Ace Verso MPV. We zoom in on the Toyota C-HR, a vehicle that blends a 5-door coupe to an SUV in an impressive Crossover package.|
The Toyota C-HR’s unique character demonstrates the flexibility that the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) gives to vehicle developers in the three key areas of design, powertrain and dynamics, enabling them to deliver a new and fresh take on the increasingly commoditized crossover segment. Having debut in Paris 2014 and Frankfurt last year initially, the C-HR now in production phase takes up coupe-like lines, along with the undeniable mid-sized crossover package.
Featuring a body with a diamond architectural theme with wheel arches projecting prominently at all four corners to emphasize the new crossover’s strength and rigidity, the C-HR’s modulated structure combines the powerful lower body and raised ground clearance with the slim and sleek cabin profile of a coupe.
Viewed from any angle, the C-HR’s combination of facetted gemstone-like shapes with fluid surfaces and elegantly integrated detailing create a delicate balance of precision and sensuality. The front represents a further development of Toyota’s Under Priority and Keen Look design identity, while the slender upper grille flows from the Toyota mark into the sleek headlight clusters and wraps fully around the front corners of the vehicle. The light clusters incorporate full LED lighting with light guides and sequential turn signals, giving the C-HR its own unique visual signature. At the same time, the enhanced three-dimensional bumper integrated with the wheel flairs and trapezoidal lower grille architecture reinforce the C-HR’s wide, firmly planted stance.
The movement of the blacked out rocker panel towards the front and rear wheel, along with the shoulder axis that runs through to the front and rear emphasize the fast-looking, “lift-up” feel of the thin body. The C-HR’s coupe-like styling is further enhanced by disguised rear door handles integrated within the C pillar, and the powerful projection of the sweeping roofline into a large, skeletal frame rear spoiler.
To the rear, the strongly tapered cabin integrates the back door while securing luggage space. This contrasts with the pronounced flaring of the wheel arches to give the new crossover a wide and extremely powerful stance. Standing proud of the tapering body work, prominent rear light clusters may also be equipped with LED light technology to give the rear view of the C-HR an equally expressive demeanor.
The Toyota C-HR also brings innovation to its segment through the introduction of a hybrid powertrain. Using Toyota’s very latest 1.8 hybrid system, the C-HR’s driving experience is perfectly aligned with modern urban life, and matched to a level of efficiency previously unseen in the crossover segment. Delivering 122 DIN hp, this new hybrid powertrain is more efficient and lighter. Detailed design changes to the engine have resulted in a thermal efficiency of 40%. Other hybrid system components have been made lighter and smaller, and have been repositioned for optimum packaging, further contributing to the car’s lower center of gravity.
Alternatively, the Toyota C-HR is available with the new 115 DIN hp/85 kW 1.2 liter turbo engine, which debut in the Auris. It comes with the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission system. The CVT is available in front-wheel or 4-wheel drive versions. Also, there’s a 2.0-liter CVT model, only available in selected markets.
Lastly, the C-HR is expected to be equipped with drivers’ assistance systems and technologies usually reserved for higher segments such as: Toyota Safety Sense system with a Pre-Collision system, Lane Departure Alert, Road Sign Assist, Automatic Highbeam, Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.