Judging by the car’s spectacular styling, we are tempted to believe Toyota has plans to launch a direct competitor for the Nissan Juke. The concept seen here is not entirely new as the original version was unveiled last year and now Toyota has decided to tone down the styling and make it closer to a production version which has already been confirmed for a March 2016 reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
While the original concept had a three-door layout, the updated Toyota C-HR is more practical as it has gained rear doors and obviously the production car will have the same configuration. It will ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture shared with the new Prius and in conceptual form the crossover utilizes a hybrid powertrain which features a gasoline engine with a thermal efficiency in excess of 40%. It works together with a brand new electric motor and more compact batteries that are also lightweight.
The concept rides on massive 21-inch alloy wheels which needless to say won’t be carried over on the production car. Some of the other changes compared to the original concept include the addition of conventional side mirrors, a fresh body paint and some changes to the body which according to Toyota has been designed taking inspiration from the shape of a diamond.
We don’t know anything about the interior cabin as Toyota hasn’t released any pictures so far which means they are still putting the finishing touches. It will be interesting to see whether the interior will be just as crazy as the exterior or they will play it safe and use a more conventional layout.
The production-ready Toyota C-HR crossover will go on sale in the second half of the year and most likely it will be offered with conventional engines as well, even though the concept currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show is a hybrid.
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