Toyota has used the world reveal of a second C-HR Concept vehicle to confirm production plans for a new, stylish, lightweight and dynamic SUV to compete in the segment below its popular RAV4. The latest C-HR design study was unveiled in Frankfurt.
The new five-door show car builds on the success of the first C-HR Concept shown at the Paris show a year ago. Toyota said the version shown at Frankfurt is more closely representative of the production car that will be revealed in Geneva early next year.
Its more refined execution is designed to gauge reactions from specific target customer groups so that their feedback can further inform the project designers and engineers. It is the next rendition of the promise by Toyota's global president Akio Toyoda to build always better cars that bring the fun back to driving.
The innovative second C-HR Concept has been designed around a new platform, developed under the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) programme. TNGA manifests itself in the new C-HR Concept through a highly rigid body and a low centre of gravity that minimise body movement and vehicle roll during cornering. This allows for suspension settings that deliver ride comfort without detriment to driving dynamics, equipping the C-HR Concept with responsive handling, agility and straight-line stability.
The second C-HR Concept is the result of co-operation between Toyota's ED2 (European Design Development Centre) and the company's other design centres.
It continues Toyota's exploration of an expressive new, diamond architecture styling theme that was first seen with last year's Paris concept car. The lower bodywork has been sculpted to represent the faceted surfaces of a highly-durable, precision-cut gemstone. An exceptionally sleek cabin contrasts with aggressively angular rear shoulders and muscular wheel arches that feature unique 21-inch wheels with diamond-cut machined-surface spokes.
Piano black paint conveys the impression of a floating roof that is detailed with patterned openings to create an animated play of light within the cabin space.
At the rear, the glasshouse tapers dramatically to a pronounced diffuser, integrated foglamps and distinctive floating rear lamp clusters that incorporate diamond-pattern lens detailing.