While Toyota has tried to incorporate the styling themes from the concept versions, the end result is dramatically different, with a taller roof line to properly accommodate rear seat passengers and much smaller wheels than before.
That’s not to say Toyota has abandoned the look of the C-HR concepts entirely, with the production version featuring the same fattened guards, sweeping headlights, and bulbous boomerang-shaped tail lights for a Nissan Juke meets Renault Captur-esque appearance.
Those two aforementioned vehicles will also be key rivals to the C-HR, along with the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Unlike any of those competitors however, the C-HR is said to feature an undisclosed hybrid drivetrain.
At this point it remains to be seen is Toyota will offer a traditional petrol-powered version, or if it will stick with a hybrid-only powertrain, like the recently announced Kia Niro hybrid SUV.
Under the skin the production C-HR rides atop Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the same platform that underpins the new Prius, and it set to find its way beneath even more future Toyota small-to-medium sized offerings.
Toyota Australia is known to have its hand up for the C-HR, and is keen to see the compact SUV on sale here as quickly as possible but at this early stage little is known about price, specification, or a firm arrival date.
TMR will keep you up to date with more info about the C-HR as it comes to hand, until then be sure to leave us your thoughts on Toyota’s new sub-RAV4 offering in the comments.
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