Frankfurt 2015: Updated Toyota C-HR Concept Debuts – Inches Closer To ProductionAuto News
Just a month ago, we reported that the Toyota C-HR crossover concept will make its way into production and that its exciting design will mostly be retained. This time for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota are back and they’ve updated the concept into a five-door model that’s inching ever more closely to its final production form.
Moving from a three-door to a five-door model, for practicality purposes, did not result in a dramatic change in design from the first time we laid eyes on the concept either.
The sculpted diamond-inspired styling at the front is still retained although the headlights have been replaced to LED units. Even the daytime-running lights which were previously an LED array are now a light bar which makes it look better we must say.
Elsewhere, the two-tone blue and black roof colour scheme is replaced with a more conventional glossy black colour scheme. More conventional side mirrors which are certainly larger than the previous concept are also put in place, better suited for a production model. The raked roofline is still present though as are the fresh-looking wheels.
Underpinning the concept is the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which makes its debut on recently introduced fourth-generation Toyota Prius. Toyota say that its plans to pair the concept with a small and lightweight hybrid powertrain that promises a thermal efficiency level exceeding 40%.
Come March 2016 when the Geneva Motor Show kicks off, Toyota hopes to introduce the production-ready model of the C-HR, possibly pitting the model against other C-segment crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai and Juke, and Renault Kadjar.