After this weekend’s leaked photos, Toyota officially released the first images with its brand new C-HR Concept that will be introduced next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. According to the Japanese carmaker, the C-HR represents a vision for a hybrid compact crossover that will display a new design language.
The C-HR Concept introduces a new diamond styling theme with sculpted lower bodywork and a flowing cabin profile. The front end also marks a development of the current design cues featured on Toyota vehicles and previews the future direction.
Seen from the side, the vehicle shows muscular wheel arches and angular rear shoulders, while at the rear the aero-inspired floating taillamps add further emphasis. We already told you that the C-HR Concept previews the production version of the Auris Cross or the crossover version of the popular Auris.
The new model will be slotted beneath the RAV4 and the production version will likely be offered with a five-door configuration.
Essentially, the new Toyota C-HR Concept is a stunning embodiment of the advantages offered by the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). This groundbreaking integrated approach for vehicle development – including powertrain components and platforms -- will be introduced on Toyota’s new models starting this year.
Thanks to TNGA, the new C-HR Concept delivers higher levels of body rigidity and collision performance. TNGA also helped improve its underbody and suspension while lowering its center of gravity.
The increased body rigidity and lower center of gravity work together to reduce vehicle roll and body movement during cornering. This means that Toyota could make the suspension less stiff to heighten ride comfort without compromising the concept’s driving dynamics. Ultimately, TNGA serves as the basis for the superb performance of the C-HR Concept – even at a par with the best hatchbacks in the C segment -- in terms of responsive handling, straight-line stability and agility.
TNGA also integrates an array of production techniques and technologies that easily allow Toyota to make vehicle designs and features become production realities. This is thanks to the fact that TNGA clusters development to enable different vehicles to strategically share of parts and powertrain components.
Through this approach, the amount of resources needed for vehicle development is reduced by 20 percent or more, which means that Toyota could use the saved money to invest in other areas like improving product strengths and advanced technology development.