Toyota’s production-ready C-HR, unveiled for the first time at last week’s Geneva motor show, is a new entry for the Japanese manufacturer in the C segment crossover market.
The new model will sit beneath the RAV4 in Toyota’s existing model line-up, and will primarily aim to target Nissan’s Juke, which is Nissan’s second best-selling model in Europe with over 700,000 sold since launch. Other likely competitors will include the Renault Captur and Fiat 500X.
Built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the C-HR retains the general styling features of the concept cars that were previously revealed at Paris in 2014 and Frankfurt in 2015.
The car is the result of a global collaboration between design centres on three continents and was overseen by design boss Kazuhiko Isawa. The original exterior design was created by Calty, the Toyota design studio in California.
In the UK, the C-HR will be equipped with two powertrain options, including a 1.8-litre full hybrid unit that is claimed to deliver 122 bhp and under 90g/km of CO2.
A 114 bhp 1.2-litre turbo engine is the other option, which is mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic; the latter can be specified with front-wheel or four-wheel drive.