Toyota’s new crossover, the C-HR, will be revealed in its production guise to the public at the world-famous Geneva Motor Show next week.
Previously seen as a concept model at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the model is due to go on sale later this year and is a new take on the crossover, a market that is constantly growing and evolving.
Originally a design study for a sporty and stylish lightweight crossover, the CH-R sports coupe-style bodywork, styled around the Toyota Keen Look design theme and diamond shape facets. The eye-catching concept gives an impression of a low and wide stance, with short overhangs reducing the visual mass in relation to the volume
The body has been designed on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. This highly rigid structure has a lower centre of gravity, reducing body movement and roll in cornering. This allows suspension stiffness to be reduced, bringing ride quality benefits without sacrificing vehicle dynamics, producing a vehicle with responsive handling and a comfortable ride.
Powered by the renowned Toyota Hybrid Synergy system that drives many of other Toyota models, the CH-R will combine the modern looks and driving experience with market-leading efficiency and economy. It will be the first hybrid vehicle in the compact crossover sector - and the powertrain assembly will be part of the operations at Toyota Deeside in North Wales.
As proof of the car's dynamism and fuel efficiency, it will make a track debut before being released to the public. Under the banner of Toyota Gazoo Racing, it will be raced at the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in May, alongside the Lexus RC and RC-F - possibly the most gruelling track race in the world.