Toyota has hinted recently at a forthcoming addition to their SUV fleet, yet it may not be an SUV as we know it. It’s the C-HR, it’s due in the first quarter of 2017, and it’s going up against Mazda’s CX-3 and Honda’s HR-V. Here’s the drum on the new SUV that isn’t, in a two level range, Active and Koba, with th elatter a nod towards the global engineer, Hiroyuki Koba.
Outside: Toyota says the CH-R is their first vehicle to utilise diamond shaped architecture, a dynamic fluid flow, with front or all wheel drive motivation from a new turbocharged engine. Toyota Australia’s executive director for sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, has said: the C-HR represents the next step in the evolution of “SUV” because it does not fit neatly into a category of vehicles that originally focused on the ‘U’ for off-road utility.
“C-HR is a car for people who want something special – those who desire the innovative dynamism and emotional appeal that a traditional SUV cannot offer. C-HR advances the very definition of SUV by emphasising the ‘S’ that stands for ‘sport’ and ‘style’,” he said.
“It has four doors and a hatch, but it’s not a hatchback; it’s compact while having a large interior and room for five; it has a high driving position, yet it’s not a boxy off-roader.
“Not only does the C-HR always look like it’s on the move, the new platform and turbocharged petrol engine ensure it delivers an agile driving feel.”Inside: Toyota call it “sensual tech”, with a dash angled towards the driver and the console is asymmetrical in configuration. The idea is to have controls within easy reach of the driver. There will be a 6.1 inch touchscreen and the cabin will have the front and rear seats at slightly different heights. There will be diamond shaped tabs and buttons, aligned with the angular design of the exterior. The door trim pattern, headliner material and needles in the dials will reflect that also.
Outside you’ll be able to choose from eight colours, with a new shade of green, possibly being seen as a new hero colour. Design cues see the headlights wrap around from the slim line grille, sitting above a Tesla look front bumper, wrapping around into the front fenders. Integrated door handles, a sweeping roof line ending in a spoiler, angled tail lights, and top hinged tail gate round out the package.Techwise we’ll expect autonomous braking and pre-collision alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and for the Koba, heated seats, smart key entry and start, privacy glass and 18 inch alloys.
More details will be provided as Toyota releases them.
With thanks to Toyota PR.