Toyota's global reveal of a second C-HR Concept vehicle signifies the commitment to produce an all-new, stylish, lightweight and dynamic SUV to compete in the segment below its popular RAV4.
The latest C-HR design study, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, features bold design language that projects a confident and sporty look while new platform architecture promises an engaging drive experience.
The new five-door show car builds on the success of the first C-HR Concept that was enthusiastically received when it debuted at the Paris Motor Show 12 months ago.
The new concept is more representative of the production car that will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 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 bold looks, compact proportions and overall dynamic stance of the CH-R will undoubtedly resonate with the ever growing small SUV customer base, and therefore the model is strongly being considered for local introduction.
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 great ride comfort without compromising on 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 C-HR Concept's cabin space.
At the rear, the glasshouse tapers dramatically to a pronounced diffuser, integrated fog lamps and distinctive floating rear lamp clusters that incorporate diamond-pattern lens detailing.