Toyota C-HR Frankfurt 4

The latest version of the Toyota C-HR Concept was unveiled at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. It showcased a diamond-shaped design language, and will use the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, that Toyota claims will provide extra rigidity, lower centre of gravity and less roll during cornering.

The chief engineer for the production car version that is to debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Hiro Koba, has told Top Gear, that the vehicle is certainly going to defy convention.

“There are now so many compact crossovers. Toyota is late. So we need to be distinctive. Customers for these vehicles want a crossover for style. They want to show individuality,” he told the publication.

He said that as most customers travel alone or with one passenger, and not much luggage; he decided to trade rear room, visibility and luggage space for style. He assured the publication that the production version will not be a ‘watered-down’ version of the concept vehicle.

Toyota C-HR Frankfurt 11

Koba told the news portal that he believes most customers will not tolerate poor handling or heavy fuel consumption; so he has made the driving experience a top priority. The publication opines that the vehicle will be smaller than the Nissan Qashqai, but bigger than the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, for example.

The engineer also states that the vehicle will have precise steering and supple suspension to take into account European driving habits. Interestingly, when asked is there will be a version with electric drive to the rear axle, he says ‘we are thinking about that.’

As we reported earlier, the vehicle will promise a full-hybrid driving experience, and it should be noted that the four-wheel drive hybrid system for Toyota has a supplemental electric motor on the rear axle, in vehicles like the Lexus NX and RAV4 Hybrid.

Just to recap, the latest C-HR concept was an update to the previous C-HR concept from Paris 2015. It now has five doors instead of three, and the vehicle will be sized between the B and C-SUV segment.