Toyota C-HR ready for a 2016 release
Toyota’s C-HR crossover SUV will be ready for a 2016 launch, and the final production car will be displayed at next year’s Geneva motor show.
This comes as Toyota tries to enter the very lucrative crossover market as quickly as possible following the success that its arch rival Nissan has experienced with the Juke.
But this is not just another small SUV with styling cues from a hatchback. Toyota plans to launch the crossover as a hybrid, which would make it the first electric and internal combustion-powered vehicle in that particular class.
The C-HR was originally shown back in 2014 when Toyota displayed an early concept version of it at the Paris Motor Show, and then again at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but with slight tweaks.
The car it’s planning to show at Geneva is said to be a close representation of what the final car will look like, the good news being that not much has changed since the early 2014 edition.
The biggest difference is that Toyota has sneaked in a pair of rear doors on the latest incarnation, leading us to believe that the C-HR will only be available as a five-door for the time being.
Technically the car should be built on Toyota’s very imaginatively named TNGA or Toyota Next Generation Architecture. Currently this serves the latest Prius, making it ideal for the hybrid powered C-HR.
A four-cylinder petrol engine and a CVT gearbox will round out the rest of the C-HR internals and it will sit below the RAV4 in terms of Toyota SUV pecking order, but is said to offer cabin space compatible with the Nissan Qashqai.
There is no word on whether the C-HR will be available with different drivetrains like the Auris, or if it will go the way of the Prius and cater exclusively for the hybrid market.
It might be that a hybrid will be the only option initially, with a diesel model following later, but we will have to wait until 2016 to find out.