Inspired by the warm reception the first Toyota C-HR Concept vehicle, which premiered at the 2014 Paris motor show; the 2nd C-HR is a 5-door cabin, compact crossover, and soon-t0-be-made production ready. The concept stands for a stylish, lightweight and dynamic hybrid crossover that is designed to stand out in an increasingly homogenous market place. It is the next rendition of Akio Toyoda’s promise to build always better cars that bring the fun back to driving.
Its compact proportions placing it between the B-SUV and C-SUV segments, the Toyota C-HR Concept offers the combination of outstanding agility and flexible packaging. It has been designed around a new platform, developed under the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) program, to satisfy customers’ demands for state-of-the-art handling and manoeuvrability.
The new, 5-door C-HR Concept continues Toyota’s exploration of an expressive new, diamond architecture styling theme. The lower bodywork has been sculpted to represent the facetted surfaces of a highly-durable, precision-cut gemstone. In plan form, the corners of the body shell have been cleanly shaved off. The process removes mass from the overall volume and highlights the powerful flair of the front and rear wheel arches to reinforce the crossover’s broad, planted stance from all view aspects.
The front of the C-HR Concept represents a further development of Toyota’s Keen Look design identity. Above a robust central bumper profile, the slim upper grille has been evolved into a floating ‘wing’ graphic which flows seamlessly around the front corners of the vehicle. At the wing extremities, streamlined headlight clusters combine advanced lighting technology with diamond-pattern detailing.
Adding impact to the vehicle corners to further reinforce the new crossover’s solid stance and the low center of gravity inherent in its new TNGA platform, the large, diamond-patterned lower grille is flanked by strongly sculpted downward projections. These powerful frontal elements are underscored by an aero-inspired, floating front spoiler. From the side, the highly-facetted lower body, muscular wheel arches and aggressively angular rear shoulder are juxtaposed with an exceptionally sleek cabin profile.
Its ‘floating’ status reinforced by a piano black paint finish, the roof is detailed with patterned openings which create a uniquely animated play of light within the C-HR Concept’s cabin space. Seen from the rear, the glasshouse tapers dramatically down to a powerfully facetted lower body highlighted by a pronounced diffuser, integrated fog lamps and highly-distinctive, aero-inspired, floating rear light clusters incorporating diamond-pattern lens detailing. The ‘diamond-cut’, machined-surface spokes of a unique, 21-inch wheel design hint at the sophistication and efficiency of the C-HR Concept’s full-hybrid powertrain.
The new C-HR Concept is a striking representation of the benefits of TNGA; an innovative, integrated vehicle development approach for powertrain components and platforms being introduced on new Toyota variants from this year forward. TNGA manifests itself in the new C-HR Concept through an increase in body rigidity, better collision performance, improvements to the vehicle under body and suspension, and a lowering of the center of gravity.
Acting in conjunction with the higher body rigidity and a lower center of gravity reduce body movement and vehicle roll when cornering. This allows for a reduction in suspension stiffness and a resultant increase in ride comfort with no detriment to driving dynamics, equipping the C-HR Concept with the responsive handling, agility and straight-line stability on a par with the best C-segment hatchbacks.
Operating in synergy with a petrol engine boasting world-beating thermal efficiency of over 40%, the C-HR Concept’s next-generation full-hybrid powertrain combines state-of-the-art battery technology with new, highly-compact electric motors offering a marked increase in power density. More compact, lighter in weight and more efficient than Toyota’s current hybrid systems, the new full-hybrid powertrain developed under the TNGA program will also be notably more refined, and even easier and more intuitive to drive, with a natural, smooth and immediate response to driver inputs.
The Toyota C-HR Concept is the work of Toyota’s vehicle planning centers in Japan and Europe, as well as the result of a global cooperation between ED2 (European Design Development Center) and the other Toyota design centers.