Text: Brent Co / Photos: Toyota Press | posted March 01, 2016 22:11
Toyota C-HR is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform
The 2017 Toyota C-HR makes its much-anticipated debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show. It's unique acronym stands for Coupe High Rider derived its coupe-like silhouette and ground clearance.
Project Chief Designer Kazuhiro Isawa shared that the C-HR's design is a collaborative effort between the automakers design centers on three continents, while Calty taking the lead on its original exterior design. Styling on the new C-HR's exterior features all the edgy elements from the prototype shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, albeit toned down for production; featuring sweptback headlights, an aggressive bumper and very defined character lines. The production version also comes with sloping roofline, a roof-mounted spoiler and a plastic body cladding. The rear, on the other hand, has distinctive taillights and muscular fenders. LED illumination is expected for top trims with sequential turn signals or the rear.
Based on Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that was debuted with the new-generation Prius last year. The C-HR is the first small crossover to be underpinned by the new platform which is expected to set the outline for upcoming Toyota vehicles.
First debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as a concept, the Toyota C-HR was later updated with a more realistic prototype at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept's dimensions measured 4350mm long, 1850mm wide and 1500mm tall.
Powering the C-HR is a new 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain rated at 122 PS with 40% thermal efficiency, similar to the Prius. CO2 emissions is rated at less than 90 g/km. More conventional customers may opt for a 1.2-liter turbo (recently debuted with the Auris) rated at 112 PS; it is available either with a 6-speed manual or CVT. For some markets, a 2-liter naturally aspirated engine will be offered exclusively mated to a CVT.
Drivetrain will be available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive for CVT equipped variants.
Guided by Chief Engineer Hiroyuki Koba's vision of "Response, Linearity and Consistency" the C-HR’s driving dynamics have been deliberately benchmarked on the precision and control experienced at the wheel of a modern C-segment hatchback. It promises dynamic performance in both on and off road conditions thanks to a combination of meticulous refinement of the TNGA platform as well as its low center of gravity.
The 2017 C-HR will be built in Toyota's TMMT Sakarya facility in Turkey with the hybrid powertrain being sourced from Toyota UK's plant in Wales. While only the European and North American markets have initially been confirmed, we can speculate that it is expected to take on the Honda HR-V and Nissan Juke for ASEAN markets.