Toyota teases Auris crossover
Toyota has released a teaser image of a new, smaller crossover it plans to release in concept form at the Paris Motor Show next month. The concept will supposedly be called the C-HR and employs the raised Auris platform recently spotted undergoing testing at the Nürburgring in Germany.
The final vehicle is meant to slot in under the RAV4 in terms of size, and will therefore probably be positioned in the Auris namespace, more than likely denoted as the Auris Cross.
The more rugged Auris seen before was very much an Auris with some additional ground clearance, and may only have been a test mule for the drivetrain and underpinnings of the new car. The C-HR will probably inherit that platform, but will introduce the design language Toyota intends to use.
The teaser image is definitely more sporty than a vanilla Auris, but is still within the Auris styling palette. An integrated rear spoiler and striking light clusters point towards Toyota hopefully chasing a more arresting styling approach for the C-HR.
The Japanese auto maker has indicated that the crossover will be available with a hybrid drivetrain, as well as offering a choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive. It’s also suggesting that the newcomer will offer an engaging driving experience.
Other manufacturers have been using electric power to create faux four-wheel drive by coupling a traditional front-wheel drive engine and drivetrain to an electric motor powering the rear wheels — something that Toyota could also be exploring to save on weight.
The Auris Cross is except to enter the global market sometime in 2016.