IAA|Frankfurt Motor Show 2015|Live blog|Day 1|CH-R Concept
Anastasia Stoliarova

TOYOTA C-HR CONCEPT  

Stunning looks, exciting drive

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A new C-HR Concept makes its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. With its diamond-shape based bold design language, an engaging full-hybrid driving experience and new platform architecture, it brings the future compact crossover one step closer to the final production model, which will be revealed at Geneva next year.

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Inspired by the warm welcome that the first C-HR Concept received from you at the 2014 Paris motor show, our designers have created a second C-HR Concept. Boasting a 5-door cabin, this new design comes closer to the compact crossover which is now confirmed for production. We have collected feedback from customers, and integrated it in the improved design of the new CH-R concept that you can see today in Frankfurt.

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This highly-innovative, stylish, lightweight and dynamic hybrid crossover is designed to stand out on the road.

C-HR’s compact proportions place it between the B-SUV and C-SUV segments, the concept offers the combination of outstanding agility and flexible packaging, both essential to those with urban lifestyles.

It has been designed around a new platform, developed under the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), to satisfy the demands for state of the art handling and controllability.

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A Refined Diamond Styling Theme

The new, 5-door C-HR Concept continues our exploration of an expressive new, diamond architecture styling theme. Below a compact, sensual cabin profile, the lower bodywork has been sculpted to represent the facetted surfaces of a highly-durable, precision-cut gemstone.

In plan form, the corners of the bodyshell have been cleanly shaved off. This both removes mass from the overall volume, and highlights the powerful flair of the front and rear wheel arches, reinforcing the crossover’s broad, planted stance from every viewpoint, and matching the customer’s desire for a car with a confident and sporty look.

Adding impact to the corners to further reinforce the new crossover’s solid stance and the low centre of gravity came from the new TNGA platform, the large, diamond-patterned lower grille is flanked by strongly sculpted downward projections. These powerful frontal elements are underscored by an aeroinspired, floating front spoiler.

From the side, the highly-faceted lower body, muscular wheel arches and aggressively angular rear shoulder are juxtaposed with an exceptionally sleek cabin profile. Its ‘floating’ status reinforced by a piano black paint finish, the roof is detailed with patterned openings which create a uniquely animated play of light within the C-HR Concept’s cabin space.

The ‘diamond-cut’, machined-surface spokes of a unique, 21” wheel design hint at the sophistication and efficiency of the C-HR Concept’s full-hybrid powertrain.

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Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) Platform

The new C-HR Concept is a striking representation of the benefits of TNGA; an innovative, integrated vehicle development approach we introduced on new models from this year forward. Read all about it here.

 

A New, More Efficient Hybrid System

C-HR Concept doesn’t only stand out through its unique design. It also introduces  hybrid technology to the segment. In this case, a new and more compact full-hybrid powertrain with lighter components. It reflects significant advances in battery, electric motor and petrol engine technologies, offering further reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The C-HR Concept’s next-generation full-hybrid powertrain combines state-of-the-art battery technology with new, highly-compact electric motors offering a marked increase in power density.

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A Global Project Rooted in Europe

Recognizing that Europe is the most demanding market for small and mid-sized vehicles, we use this region as benchmark for defining future global A-, B- and C-segment cars.

In the case of the C-HR Concept, there was close cooperation between our vehicle planning centres in Japan and in Europe, in order to get a good understanding of the latest European customer demands and vehicle trends. The styling of the concept car is the result of a global cooperation between ED2 (European Design Development Centre) and the other Toyota design centres.

Following the overwhelming reaction to the first TOYOTA C-HR Concept shown at the 2014 Paris Motorshow, we at Toyota Motor Europe, will continue to work hand in hand with TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan) to enter the C-Crossover segment.

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Do not miss the Toyota booth in Hall 8, stand D19.

 

Live blog – 2014 Paris Motor Show : Toyota C-HR Concept
Anastasia Stoliarova

C-HR Concept: a strong hint at a future design direction for Toyota cars

 

Making its world debut and capturing everyone’s attention at the show is a vision of our future with Hybrid – the synthesis of 20 years of creativity – the C-HR Concept car. Just as the RAV4 brought a fresh and unique view to the 4×4 market in 1994, the Toyota C-HR Concept represents Toyota’s unique view of the compact crossover segment.

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