Toyota C-HR Concept Updated for Frankfurt, Looks Closer to Production
Small crossover should debut in early 2016.
Toyota's upcoming small crossover is inching closer to production, and an updated version of the C-HR concept debuts at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show to give a better look at this new model. With four doors instead of two, a new color, and fewer wild show-car styling touches, the new Toyota C-HR concept looks closer to production than the original concept that was shown at last year's Paris auto show.
If you can't see the two extra rear doors at first glance, blame the door handles, which are hidden in the car's C-pillar. Nonetheless, the new version of the concept does look significantly less wild than the original C-HR concept, with a more muted grey exterior color, smaller wheels, and more realistic-looking headlights and taillights. It's still a swoopy little thing, with aggressive wheel arches, prominent character lines, and a sharply raked roofline. Overall, the C-HR reminds us of the Nissan Juke with its tall, aggressive front end and angular rear end.
The Toyota C-HR concept will eventually spawn a new small crossover to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke and the Honda HR-V. This unnamed model rides on Toyota's new modular architecture, will be sold globally, and may arrive in the U.S. as a Scion. The concept's hybrid powertrain is likely to survive for a production hybrid variant, while more mainstream versions of the crossover may use a small-displacement turbo four-cylinder. Based on spy photos, the new crossover will be a bit less exaggerated than the concept car, but carries many of the same styling cues like the sweeping headlights and rakish rear end.
Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Toyota/Scion small crossover, which is reportedly scheduled for its global debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show next spring.