Innovative Toyota C-HR Crossover Arrives in Geneva
Toyota reintroduced its “polarizing in a good way” C-HR compact crossover this week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Last November, the C-HR debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a concept under the Scion brand (to be discontinued in August). Now, the C-HR takes a bold step forward as a Toyota production model. When it reaches the United States, the C-HR likely will be categorized in the “red hot” small SUV segment. The C-HR shown in Geneva features a hybrid powertrain.
The crazy bold, grinning design and trapezoid LED lights are standout features on the C-HR, which is powered by Toyota’s latest 1.8-liter gasoline engine and electric motor system. It can be noted that although diesels are preferred by Europeans, hybrids have also been popular. The C-HR combines the design of a 5-door coupe with a higher SUV-like cabin. The 4-door model seats 5, but is not considered an SUV, Toyota officials say.
Built on Toyota’s new flexible global architecture (TNGA), the C-HR provides a lower center of gravity for better handling and ride than most higher-riding SUVs, Toyota says. The vehicle features a diamond architectural theme and rides on super-size 21-in. wheels with futuristic “cut gemlike” design. Initially, Toyota officials report that there was design cooperation on three continents, although the original exterior look was created by Toyota’s design studio in California.
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