- New compact crossover targets Nissan Juke
- Available as a full hybrid or with petrol engine
- Available to order from September
Toyota C-HR compact crossover unveiled in Geneva
Toyota may be a little late to bring out a rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V, but the C-HR's hybrid powertrain does give it a USP over its rivals
The looks of the production car – whose initials stand for Coupe High Rider – have stayed very true to the concept cars that have been shown over the last couple of years, with bulging wheelarches and what Toyota calls a ‘diamond architectural theme’.
The front lights are full-LED units, and combine with the two-part grille to give the new car a thoroughly distinctive look that’s echoed at the rear. Here, the coupe-like lines are emphasised by the door handles being hidden in the rear pillars and the large spoiler.
As an alternative, buyers can also choose the turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine that was seen for the first time in the latest Auris. This will be available with both a six-speed manual gearbox and a CVT, the latter also offering the choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
There’s no word yet on prices or specifications for the car, but Toyota says it will start to take orders in September; and, given the car’s competition, we’d expect the range to start in the mid- to high teens.