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Published Date: 03/10/2014

Toyota has announced that its new C-HR Concept car will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show early next month.
Toyota C-HR Concept

Early images display a striking design with a sleek cabin profile and muscular wheel arches. Toyota says that the concept will give early clues on the kind of vehicle it hopes to bring to the market.

Powered by a hybrid powertrain, the compact crossover features a futuristic diamond styling theme, with the lower bodywork sculpted to create faceted surfaces which mirrors the precision cut of a gemstone.

Those looking for clues on future Toyota exterior styling will discover a frontend which marks a considerable development of current design cues and also features several new exterior themes.

At the rear, striking aero-inspired floating rear lamp clusters further emphasize the car’s strong, muscular profile.

No further details have been released at this stage, but more is expected to be known after the unveiling of the C-HR Concept at Toyota’s stand in Hall 4 of the Paris Motor Show on 2nd October.

Toyota’s flagship crossover model, the RAV4, which was first released all the way back in 1994, was the first compact crossover SUV on the market.

With the Japanese marque expecting initial worldwide demand of just 4,500, production volumes were doubled when 8,000 orders flooded in after just one month.

The RAV4 was designed for customers who want the benefits that come with a typical SUV, such as a spacious interior, generous boot space and four-wheel drive, mixed with the manoeuvrability and fuel economy of a more compact vehicle.

Now into its fourth generation, the RAV4 continues to offer drivers an affordable, versatile and efficient compact SUV with a smooth ride and plenty of boot space.

Engine options include a 2.0-litre petrol engine and 2.2-litre turbodiesel, both of which come linked to a four-wheel drive drivetrain.

A 2.0-litre turbodiesel and 2.2-litre naturally aspirated diesel is also available, while all engines can be specified with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine manages to produce 149bhp, with power transmitted to all four wheels thanks to Toyota’s Multidrive CVT automatic transmission.

This power output will get you from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and keep going all the way to a 115mph top speed. In terms of fuel economy, this particular powertrain will get you an average of 39.2mpg.

Two-wheel-drive versions of the RAV4 are available, powered by a 122bhp 2.0-litre engine which averages 57mpg and emits just 127g/km of CO2.

Only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.0-litre two-wheel drive RAV4 can to 62mph from a standstill in 10.5 seconds, with a top speed of 111mph.

The last engine in the line-up is the 2.2-litre D-4D diesel generating 148bhp and is offered with both manual and automatic transmissions. The manual version manages 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds with a top speed of 118mph.

Pricing for the Toyota RAV4 crossover currently starts at £22,495.

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