Geneva LIVE: 2017 Toyota C-HR
The C-HR will be offered with hybrid tech borrowed from the Prius.
The 2017 Toyota C-HR has made its official debut at the Geneva Auto Show.
We're still light on details, especially when it comes to the eventual U.S.-market specs, but the C-HR is what Toyota is referring to as a "five-door coupe" and promises an "engaged driving experience combined with a contemporary high-riding driving position," whatever that means. What we expect is a baby RAV4, as Toyota currently doesn't offer anything below its current compact CUV.
The soft-roader is built on the modular Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. Technical details are still few and far between, but we know for sure that we're going to see a hybrid model fitted with tech borrowed from the fourth-generation Prius that was introduced a couple of months ago along with a 1.2L turbo variant (the same powertrain found in the Toyota Auris). Front- and all-wheel drive will be available, depending on the market.
Toyota calls the exterior styling a "diamond architecture theme," with faceted details playing into an overall angular look. Front and rear LED lighting will be available, and we think those will best suit the small crossover's styling.
For a small crossover, the chassis does sound promising. The rear suspension will be a multi-link setup (at least in Europe), where most vehicles in this class rely on torsion-beam configurations. This should give the little Toyota a leg up in driving dynamics.
Toyota's next crossover will be presented online in the next few days, and it will make its global debut at the Geneva Auto Show on Tuesday. The U.S.-spec model was poised to become Scion's first-ever crossover, but Toyota has recently announced plans to ax its struggling youth-oriented sub-division before the end of the year. Consequently, the C-HR will be sold here through Toyota dealerships.
Live Photos by Ronan Glon.