Toyota unveiled what looked like a production version of the C-HR at the Frankfurt auto show. Rather than the 2-door coupe the automaker presented in Paris in 2014, the new model seems to have grown to a 5-door crossover.
The automaker further disclosed that the concept will soon be taken into production. We believe Toyota has set its sights on the Nissan Juke which has particularly done well in the subcompact market segment in the recent past.
2017 Toyota C-HR Exterior
The new 2017 Toyota C-HR will be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which stresses body rigidity. This allows softening of the suspension while maintaining good handling and better ride. According to the mule seen testing, Toyota seems to have toned down the C-HR’s multi-faceted look which the automaker refers to as “diamond theme,” after a cut gemstone. However, the overall profile still looks futuristic.
The 2017 Toyota C-HR will be offered as a five-door crossover rather than a 2-door coupe as shown in Paris last year. It measures 171.25 inches long, 72.83 inches wide and 59.05 inches tall. Its front fascia has borrowed its styling cues from the Corolla including the grille and its LED headlamps. At the rear, the vehicle features an angular profile with well cut lines and LED taillights which seem to wrap around the rear curves of the vehicle. Its small rear window completes the awesome design. We will inform you of clearer designs when we get a clearer spy shot or incase the automaker releases further details.
The lower trim models will ride on 19-inch wheels while the top trims will feature 21-inch multi-faceted wheels. The wheels will be wrapped in all-terrain tires.
2017 Toyota C-HR Interior
Except for the shots we took of the concept, the automaker has not released any details of the C-HR’s interior. However we expect the cabin to feature soft and hard plastic materials and metallic accents and cloth upholstery.
The dashboard will be a bit cleaner compared to other Toyota models. The instruments cluster will feature a large clock. Overall, the cabin will have a black theme. Other likely features include an up-to-date infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen display, a climate control system, a charging socket for laptops and other electronic gadgets as well as a host of technology features like Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and Smartphone integration among others.
The 2017 Toyota C-HR will also feature basic entry level crossover safety features. Due to its low roof and high belt line, factors that create blind spots, the vehicle will be equipped with a rear-view camera and a blind spot monitoring system as standard.
Toyota has managed to keep engine details a closely guarded secret. What we know is that it will have a hybrid drive-train but there are rumors of a gasoline engine and a diesel engine. The hybrid engine is believed to be similar to the one the automaker has featured in the 2016 Toyota Prius which is a BMW developed 1.5 L capable of producing 170 hp.
It will be paired with either one or two electric motors which will take the output to over 200 hp. Power will be channeled to all wheels to enable the vehicle to attack different terrains with ease.
Price and release date
Toyota only announced plans to take the C-HR in production but didn’t say when. However, our spies have caught a mule testing which looks like the C-HR though it was under heavy camouflage.
According to rumors Toyota will showcase a production model in an international auto show in the first quarter of 2016 with sales following later probably in the second quarter of 2016.
The new 2017 Toyota C-HR will be priced similarly to Nissan Juke which is its main target. As such, the base model will have a starting price of around $ 20,000 while the top trim could fetch as much as $ 30,000.
In addition to the Nissan Juke which is the front-runner in this market segment by far, the new versions of Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V will also compete though the Japanese automaker insists that the C-HR will fall between the B- and C- segment cars.