This week, Toyota showed its second rendition of the C-HR Concept; the first debuted at the Paris auto show in 2014. Following its original presentation, designers took feedback from the public to make some changes, which culminated in the compact crossover seen in Frankfurt.
Toyota also announced that the C-HR has been confirmed for production.
“We’re a modest bit late into this segment,” admitted Karl Schlicht, executive vice president for Toyota Motor Europe. During an interview with Bloomberg at the Frankfurt auto show, Schlicht discussed the automaker’s thoughts on the
“The segment is flying … we have the RAV4 over there, also hybrid now. And we want to add [the C-HR] to our lineup,” he said. “This is the fastest growing segment. We want to make sure that public know that we’ve arrived and we reckon [the C-HR’s] got fantastic potential here in Europe, especially the hybrid version.”
Schlicht also noted that Toyota will remain committed to building more hybrids.
“We’re going hybrid crosswise the range,” said Schlicht. “We reckon we’re the hybrid leaders in Europe. We’re selling 200,000 hybrids a year. We’ve sold one million since the start. And we’ve sold 8 million globally. So we’re ahead of the pack, we believe, in future mobility.”
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“The C-HR Concept’s next-generation full-hybrid powertrain combines state-of-the-art battery technology with new, highly-compact electric motors offering a marked increase in power density,” Toyota said. “More compact, lighter in weight and more efficient than Toyota’s current hybrid systems, the new full-hybrid powertrain developed under the TNGA program will also be notably more refined, and even simpler and more intuitive to drive, with a natural, charming and immediate response to driver inputs.”
Additional updates may be made to this compact crossover, according to Toyota, before
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