Today Toyota revealed their first teaser for a concept that will definitely make it to production. It’s called the Toyota C-HR Concept, and we’ll see the car in-the-metal next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Sadly, the image at the top of this post is the only one we have of this new C-HR Concept. Toyota did do us the courtesy of publishing a press release with the teaser photo, offering us a few more details about the new compact crossover. As you continue reading, you’ll learn everything we know about the Toyota C-HR Concept, along with every rumor for what production model the concept could eventually become.
Let’s start with the press release. It’s short and to the point, with little more than a mission statement and a release date. You can read all three sentences of it below:
“Toyota will present a new C-HR concept vehicle at the Paris motor show (2 – 19 October), revealing the company’s innovative vision for a compact crossover model.
“The C-HR concept combines a powerful new design language with an engaging driving experience and a hybrid powertrain. It will take centre stage on the Toyota stand in hall 4 at the show … on October 2, 2014.”
To be fair, the press release goes on to tell us that Toyota will also host the first official European debut for their Fuel Cell Sedan, but that’s not really relevant to the C-HR.
Obviously, Toyota isn’t saying too much about their new compact crossover concept. All we have to go on are these three major keywords:
- Compact crossover
- Hybrid powertrain
- New design language
If we want anything more than that, we’ll have to look back at pre-existing rumors for more information. Fortunately, rumors aren’t hard to come by on the Internet.
The most popular rumor about the Toyota C-HR – and the most realistic – is that the concept will preview the new Toyota Auris Cross. This particular rumor holds so much weight because a number of spy photos like the one above hit the web a couple months ago of a supposed Auris Cross making laps around the Nürburgring. However, the photo at the top of this post suggests a much sportier silhouette than what we saw from the camouflaged test mule.
Unfortunately, that’s all we have for you regarding this particular preview. If you want to know specs, a launch date or anything else about the Toyota C-HR Concept, you’ll have to wait until next month’s Paris Motor Show to find out. Of course, we’ll keep you updated if we learn anything more.
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