New Toyota C-HR Concept to Rival Nissan Qashqai

The New Toyota C-HR concept is a stylish and compact hybrid SUV/Crossover, and has been updated with the aim of launching a full offensive on its main rival- The Nissan Qashqai. The Nissan Qashqai has been the best-selling SUV/Crossover for the last decade and Toyota want a slice of the pie. This Brand new Concept car has been around for over a year and a full production version is thought to be very close. The new five-door model was on display at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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The Toyota C-HR Concept was created to explore new design ideas for compact SUV/Crossovers in an increasingly competitive market, and made its worldwide debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as a design idea and possible concept.

The concept is visually pleasing, this is down to its prominent diamond-inspired styling, packed full of eye-catching details that have been sculpted and moulded to show the characteristics of a precision-cut gemstone or diamond. The vehicle builds on two key elements of Toyota's design language―Keen Look and Under Priority―to create a bold, emphatic front profile that emphasizes the lower grille as well as increasing aerodynamic performance, cooling, and pedestrian safety.

The updated concept represents a step toward commercialization, with changes such as the shift from a three-door to a five-door format made from a practicality standpoint. Additionally, the roof color scheme has been changed from a two-tone (blue and black) to a uniform glossy black color scheme.

The Toyota C-HR Concept makes use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), an integrated development program for vehicle platforms and powertrain components. TNGA will enable Toyota to create vehicles with improved chassis rigidity, handling stability, and comfort. Additionally, Toyota aims to give the concept an engine with thermal efficiency of over 40 percent, as well as further improving fuel efficiency by making the hybrid system―including the motor and battery―smaller and more lightweight.

Toyota is thought to be pushing for a production-ready model at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

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