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Toyota C-HR Crossover Concept Revealed Ahead of Paris Auto Show

For those who simply cannot wait until the Paris auto show, Toyota has revealed images of its latest concept set to take center stage this October at the international event. The Toyota C-HR compact crossover concept wears fun and funky styling that will fit right in with other segment players like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V.

The Toyota C-HR concept crossover offers a fresh design language that the automaker claims will preview a "future direction for Toyota vehicles." Sitting on big five-spoke wheels, the two-door C-HR is sleek and edgy, with a healthy mix of flowing lines and sharp angles. Up front the fascia is dominated by two large LED housings that flank the grille. These lead into bulging front fenders and pronounced wheel arches, while the A-pillar continues seamlessly from the front straight to the rear along the panoramic glass roof. At the rear, the Toyota C-HR utilizes large wrap-around taillights and a sharply-angled rear fascia.

Although the details of the Toyota C-HR concept's hybrid powertrain remain under wraps, the car's styling provides a preview of a vehicle Toyota says it wants to bring to production. It makes sense for Toyota to enter the white-hot compact crossover segment with its own offering to slot in below the long-popular Toyota RAV4, especially now that Honda is throwing its hat in the ring with the upcoming Honda HR-V. Somewhat offbeat styling has been well-received with regard to these little crossovers, as the Nissan Juke, Kia Soul, and Buick Encore have all enjoyed solid sales success. New entrants like the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X will look to capitalize on the same trends.

Look for the Toyota C-HR concept to debut at the Paris auto show on October 2. Check back after the reveal for more information and full details on the crossover's hybrid powertrain.