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Mike Stevens | Sep, 21 2014 | 2 Comments

Toyota has revealed its new C-HR concept this week, ahead of an unveiling at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

Offering what could be a first look at an anticipated entrant in the compact SUV market, the C-HR represents a bold shift in styling for the world’s number-one carmaker.

Perhaps inspired by the Nissan Juke’s huge success in Europe, the C-HR concept introduces a look focused more on style than the usual SUV practicality.

Tying together muscular curves and sharp angular surfaces, the C-HR looks as much like a jacked-up coupe than it does any sort of SUV.

Details for the new concept have yet to be released, although Toyota promises “a bold new design language with an agile, engaging driving experience and a Hybrid powertrain”.

It remains to be seen what sort of focus that powertrain will deliver - performance or efficiency - but with those powerful proportions up-top, we could see an evolution of the Yaris Hybrid-R’s 224kW and 420Nm system.

If the C-HR is eventually transformed into a production model, it will take on the funky Juke, along with the more conventional Holden Trax, Ford’s EcoSport, and the Peugeot 2008.

That segment will expand even further in 2015, with Renault’s incoming Captur and the new Honda HR-V both due.

Above: the C-HR's natural rival, the Nissan Juke.
Above: the C-HR's natural rival, the Nissan Juke.

Later on, we’ll see Suzuki’s new Vitara, the SsangYong ‘X100’, Fiat's 500X and its Jeep Renegade platform mate.

Mazda is reportedly finalising a new CX-3 model to enter below the CX-5, and Volkswagen may also be planning a sub-Tiguan model.

Reports also suggest that Hyundai and Kia are planning new compact SUV models for the global market (although the ix25 has so far been ruled out for Australia).

Watch for more details on Toyota's new compact SUV concept to surface in the coming weeks.

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