Unveiled to the public for the first time, the Toyota C-HR production model gets a coupe-like build, thanks to the designers’ determination to create something that stands out in the Toyota range.
Its exterior design features angular lines and large wheel arches. To the front, headlight clusters wrap around the car giving a feeling of width, adding to the low body stance of a coupe while featuring the raised ground clearance of an SUV. The clusters also incorporate full LED lighting and sequential turn signals.
Rear door handles have been disguised by their integration into the C-pillar, which flows into the rear spoiler design, adding to its coupe feel.
Based on the Toyota Prius, the new model also sits on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and gets two powertrain options in the UK. Option one is the latest generation 1.8-litre full hybrid engine, which delivers 122bhp, and is said to emit less than 90g/km of CO2 – meaning it will cost you nothing in road tax. Hybrid components have also been made lighter and smaller, aiding toward the C-HR's low centre of gravity.
A new 114bhp 1.2-litre turbo engine is also available as an option, (first shown in the Auris), which comes mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic. The CVT option can be specified with front-wheel or four-wheel drive.
A 2.0-litre model using the CVT gearbox will also be built, but won’t be sold in the UK.
The new model will be positioned below the RAV4 in Toyota’s current range, with direct competitors coming in the form of the Renault Captur and Fiat 500X – however, these are yet to offer a hybrid unit.
Remaining largely true to concepts revealed at the Paris motor show back in 2014 and at the Frankfurt motor show last September, its design was managed by project chief designer Kazuhiko Isawa and originally created by Calty, Toyota’s California-based design studio.
Interior specifications and pricing details have yet to be revealed.