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Toyota’s latest C-HR Concept has made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a bold diamond-shaped design language, full-hybrid driving experience and utilises the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform for extra rigidity, lower centre of gravity and less roll during corneing.

This is an update to the previous C-HR concept from Paris 2015, and the production car is to be revealed at next year’s Geneva show. It now has five doors instead of three. The vehicle, sized between B- and C-SUV segments, also offers a new full-hybrid powertrain.

An expressive, diamond architecture theme is a facet being explored by Toyota at the moment, and the lower bodywork has been sculpted to represent the faceted surfaces of a precision-cut gemstone. The front represents a further evolution of Toyota’s “Keen Look” design identity.

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Above the imposing central bumper profile, the slimmer upper grille has evolved into a floating “wing” graphic that flows around the car. The streamlined headlamp clusters combine advanced lighting technology with diamond-pattern detailing.

From the side, the muscular wheel arches and angular rear shoulders provide a contrast with the sleek cabin profile. While at the rear, the glasshouse tapers in dramatic fashion to a lower body with a pronounced diffuser, integrated fog lamps and aerodynamically inspired rear lamp clusters. Even the spokes of the 21-inch alloys feature “diamond-cut” machined surfaces.

The new-generation full-hybrid powertrain, which is more compact and lighter, is claimed to offer further reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to Toyota’s current hybrid system.

There are advancements in all three key components – electric motor, battery and petrol engine – the latter boasting thermal efficiency of over 40%, which is a world’s best, Toyota says. In practice, it will be more refined, and even easier and more intuitive to drive, with a natural, smooth and immediate response to driver input.

Toyota says that the C-HR Concept is another tangible application of the company’s new Global Vision thinking, first advocated by president Akio Toyoda in 2011. Recognising that Europe is the most demanding market for small and mid-sized vehicles, Toyota is using the region as benchmark for defining future global A, B and C-segment cars. Toyota Motor Europe has also become the company’s skill centre for perceived quality and vehicle dynamics.

In the case of the C-HR, there was close cooperation between Toyota’s vehicle planning centres in Japan and Europe for a good understanding of the latest European customer demands and vehicle trends. Honda HR-V, watch out!

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