Toyota’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai and by extension, the Honda HR-V, will be going on sale early next year, according to an Autocar UK report. Apparently, it will stay close to the design the aggressive-looking Toyota C-HR concept shown in Paris last year.

According to Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota, the C-HR’s styling is a response to his calling for the company’s designers to be more “adventurous.” The call was similarly taken into account and applied to the design of its premium brand, Lexus, according to reports.

The upcoming compact SUV from Toyota will sit on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. In fact, it is said that by 2020, half of Toyota’s vehicles will be based on said platform, including the new Prius.

In concept form, the C-HR measures at 4,350 mm in length and 1,850 mm wide, while its wheelbase is 2,640 mm. Despite being smaller than the Qashqai, Toyota claims that it will feature an “enhanced interior space” that can rival the Nissan. In addition to that, the quality and functionality of the interior will be upgraded too.

No news about what the production-bound C-HR will officially be called yet, but word has it that it might receive the Auris name – the “Auris Cross” to be somewhat exact.

Paul van der Burgh, newly-minted President of Toyota UK, already has high hopes for the new compact SUV – if it actually stays true to its original design, that is. “The concept was excellent and the styling in particular stood out. If such a product were to launch, I’m confident it could be a best seller,” he said.

So despite what we saw in wraps previously, do you guys think that the C-HR will be a top-seller if it sticks to the concept design?