Frankfurt 2015: Toyota introduces near-production CH-R

Frankfurt 2015: Toyota introduces near-production CH-R image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Toyota | posted September 16, 2015 08:36

Toyota CH-R nears production phase with updated version

After first debuting at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Toyota revealed the updated CH-R concept at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Unveiled by Toyota to preview a production model of the crossover, the CH-R still features the diamond-inspired exterior design but now features the practicality and use of a more traditional vehicle.

Still distinguishable with its unique aesthetic, the front end now features clear-lens headlights along with a simpler-looking grill. The front bumper and sculpted hood however have been retained. Over to the side, it still features the overly-large 21-inch wheels but it is now a proper 5-door for a more practical egress/ingress.

The rear-side profile of the updated CH-R concept

The rear section on the other hand largely carries over.

The two-tone color scheme from the original concept has been replaced with a uniform gloss finish as a way to further tone-down the concept crossover.

Platform-wise, CH-R sits on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which also underpins the newly-launched Prius. In retrospect, the new platform will allow Toyota to make vehicles that have better chassis rigidity, handling and ride comfort.

The side profile of the Toyota CH-R

Exact powertrain details were not revealed but like the pre-updated CH-R, the crossover will be a hybrid vehicle that will have a targeted thermal efficiency of 40%. Moreover, the CH-R will have an improved fuel efficiency as Toyota plans to install smaller and lightweight components.

Toyota is hopeful that they will be able to reveal the production-version of the CH-R at next year's Geneva Motor Show in March.