Toyota to launch Nissan Juke competitor

Toyota to launch Nissan Juke competitor

Toyota Motor Corporation has acknowledged its missed an opportunity in the light crossover market by the appearance of a Nissan Juke-sized competitor at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The C-HR design study fore-shadows its production version which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next March. A senior Toyota New Zealand executive says the production version is absolutely on the local distributors wish list.

It 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 displayed at the Paris Motor Show 12 months ago.

The C-HR delivers on the promise by Toyota’s global president Akio Toyoda to build better cars that bring the fun back to driving.

Toyota New Zealand’s product GM Spencer Morris says the second C-HR Concept heralds a possible addition to the company’s local line-up.

“The production car is definitely on our wish-list for New Zealand,” says Morris.

“Given the right specification, pricing and availability for our market, we would expect the C-HR production model to accelerate the already-hot demand for vehicles in the small SUV segment,” says Morris.

The second C-HR Concept has been designed around a new platform, developed under the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) program which will also underpin the new Prius.

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 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.

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