Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Toyota | posted June 28, 2016 14:40
Sensual Tech design concept debuts in Toyota C-HR
After making its much-awaited debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota has finally revealed the interior design of it's newest crossover, the C-HR. First revealed in concept form at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (updated look), the cabin of the C-HR features an ergonomic and stylish design which makes for a user-friendly, sleek cabin.
Called' Sensual Tech', the design concept combines high tech functions that come in a fashionable style according to the company. Immediately apparent is the blue trim piece that envelopes the dashboard and doors. This highlights the car's instrument panel and dashboard which appear to seamlessly flow onto the doors.
It also has a driver-oriented dasboard, with most of the functions, switch gear and touchscreen infotainment directed towards the driver. In addition, Toyota stated that the unique placement of the touchscreen display allowed them to keep the depth of the upper dashboard low, allowing better forward vision for the driver.
The front seats, on the other hand, have a unique design. The upper section has a more slender and sporty design, while the lower section gets a more bolstered and supportive finish.
When it came to the car's switches and controls, Toyota said that most of the buttons feature a similar shape, specifically mimicking the diamond-inspired shape of the car itself. Over to the materials used for the C-HR, Toyota stated that the interior has a total of three finishes: faux leather for the background surfaces, Nappa leather for all touch surfaces and Royal leather for all the switch gears.
“With great support from the engineering teams, we worked on every visual detail and challenged standards to create seamless interior harmony. In the end, we believe this to be the best interior sensory quality yet seen in a Toyota,” said Mehmet Faith Kale, senior engineer at Toyota's European Sensor Quality Team.
Even with the new design language, the C-HR still incorporated familiar Toyota design cues. These include the dual gauge cluster with the center multi-information display, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, touch panel automatic climate control and the leather shift boot. In terms of interior color finishes, there will be a total of three colors available: Dark Gray, Black/Blue and Black/Brown.
Optional equipment that will be available in the C-HR include: partial leather seats, heated front seats, rear privacy glass and a JBL audio system that consist of 9 speakers. Standard safety equipment, on the the other hand are: adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam headlights and road sign assist. Other features like lane departure alert, pre-collision system and pedestrian detection can be specified as optional extras.
It will be built at Toyota's Sakarya facility in Turkey and will be available in three engine variants, a 1.8-liter hybrid, 1.2-liter turbocharged and as a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter model. Front-wheel-drive is available for the 6-speed manual variants while all-wheel-drive models get a CVT as standard.