Euro glamour for Toyota’s C-HR conceptPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 17 September 2015
TOYOTA introduced a new C-HR Concept (its proportions place it between the B-SUV and C-SUV segments) at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show and says it is very close to its compact crossover which has been confirmed for production;.
Featuring a 5-door cabin, this concept designed with European market research input features a new, advanced, full-hybrid powertrain and designed around a new platform, developed under the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) program, with a focus on handling and controlability.
What this means is an increase in body rigidity, better collision performance, improvements to the vehicle underbody and suspension, and a lower centre of gravity.
This allows for a reduction in suspension stiffness and a resultant increase in ride comfort with no detriment to driving dynamics, equipping the C-HR Concept with the responsive handling, agility and straight-line stability on a par with the best C-segment hatchbacks.
The hybrid system in the 2015 C-HR is more compact and with lighter components reflecting significant advances in battery, electric motor and gasoline engine technologies, offering further reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
As with the hybrid system in the new 2016 Prius—the first global production vehicle to implement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) — the C-HR hybrid system operates in synergy with a gasoline engine featuring thermal efficiency of more than 40 percent.
New battery technology with new, highly-compact electric motors offer a marked increase in power density.
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 more refined, and even easier and more intuitive to drive, with a natural, smooth and immediate response to driver inputs.