Frankfurt LIVE: Toyota's updated C-HR Concept
The concept is still radical, but Toyota claims the crossover is one step closer to production.
Toyota has revealed an updated C-HR Concept this week in Frankfurt, introducing a few minor tweaks as the crossover moves one step closer to production.
First unveiled last year in Paris as a design study, the C-HR serves as a radical preview of the design language Toyota could embraced for its foray into the compact crossover segment. Designers aimed to create a faceted form -- taking inspiration from diamonds and gemstones -- with exaggerated features and a tall stance.
The revised concept maintains the same aggressive form as the original, however the company has decided to shift from a three-door configuration to a five-door layout for 'practicality.' Its sharp headlights have also been reworked, swapping glowing concentric rings for seemingly production-ready LED projectors and DRL surrounds.
Toyota promises the C-HR will be built upon its New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which will eventually underpin the company's entire range by the end of the decade. The concept is theoretically powered by a lightweight hybrid system, pairing an electric motor and an engine with a thermal efficiency of more than 40 percent.
The C-HR will presumably be toned down when the production model is unveiled next year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The concept's bold style suggests it could be headed to Scion showrooms in the US market, however launch plans beyond Europe have yet to be officially confirmed.
Live images by Ronan Glon.