After several motor show debuts, Toyota has at the Geneva Motor Show confirmed that the C-HR Concept will go on sale in 2017, retaining the CH-R name, as well as most of the concept car's styling cues.
Developed on an all-new platform that’s part of the Toyota's New Generation Architecture philosophy for modular construction and efficient manufacturing, Toyota claims the C-HR will deliver sharp driving dynamics, supported by a highly rigid body structure and low centre of gravity.
A 1.2-litre 8NR-FTS direct injection turbocharged engine has been confirmed for the Australian market, producing 114 hp from 5,200 to 5,600 rpm, and 185 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The engine will be paired to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic, driving either the front wheels or all four wheels.
Diesel engines are expected to be made available for customers in the European market as well.
The C-HR measures 4,350 mm long, 1,795 mm wide, and 1,550 mm tall, with a 2,640 mm long wheelbase. This means that the C-HR is actually larger than the Honda HR-V, which the C-HR is expected to pit against. The Honda HR-V measures 4,294 mm long, 1,772 mm wide, 1,605 mm tall, with 2,610 mm long wheelbase.
Like the Honda HR-V, the C-HR also has hidden door handles at the rear, giving the crosscover a coupe-like look.