New Toyota Crossover in Spring 2017
The Highly Anticipated New Toyota Crossover the C-HR is Coming Soon
There has been a fair amount of talk about Toyota’s forthcoming compact crossover, the New Toyota Crossover C-HR, especially following the news that Toyota is discontinuing the Scion brand. The Toyota C-HR’s unique character demonstrates the flexibility that the Toyota New Global Architecture gives to vehicle developers in the three key areas of design, powertrain and dynamics, enabling them to deliver a new and fresh take on the increasingly commoditized crossover segment.
Originally, Toyota introduced its C-HR model as a concept model at the Paris Motor Show in October of 2014. In that same month, it became clear that Toyota would move to produce the C-HR for real. Nearly a year later, we got confirmation that a production model was being worked on and that it would debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016.
The Toyota C-HR remains remarkably true to the general features of the concept cars that attracted so much public attention in Paris in 2014 and in Frankfurt in 2015. Its coupe-like lines are a testimony to the resolve of its designers to create a style that stands out in the Toyota range and to establish a new direction amongst mid-sized crossovers.
The Toyota C-HR brings innovation to its segment through the introduction of a hybrid powertrain. Using Toyota’s very latest 1.8 hybrid system, the C-HR’s driving experience is perfectly aligned with modern urban life, and matched to a level of efficiency previously unseen in the crossover segment. It will have a traditional powertrains and a gasoline-electric hybrid system repurposed from the Prius. That would make it Toyota’s third hybrid crossover, after the hybrid versions of the Highlander and RAV4. Front- and all-wheel drive will be offered, though the company has not yet confirmed technical details for the US-bound edition.
Guided by Chief Engineer Hiroyuki Koba’s vision of “Response, Linearity and Consistency,” the C-HR’s driving dynamics have been deliberately benchmarked on the precision and control experienced at the wheel of a modern C-segment hatchback, thanks to the meticulous refinement of Toyota’s most recent platform and its low center of gravity. The aim was to allow the C-HR to carry its speed through corners, with excellent body control and steering fluidity, making it enjoyable not only when flowing through busy city traffic but also on the open road independent of the surface condition, in a way that exceeds the current standards for a crossover.
The stylish crossover will reach the North American market during the spring of 2017, with the 2018 C-HR labeled as the new perfect vehicle for “yuccies” – “young urban creatives” who also served as inspiration for the model’s design philosophy. With the production model still a year from now, the Japanese automaker will actually bring to the upcoming New York Auto Show the C-HR in its concept form.
The US production version will be revealed later this year before arriving in showrooms in spring 2017 for the 2018 model year. When it does land in US dealerships, Elmhurst Toyota will be the first to let you know.