Photos: Toyota’s C-HR Concept With Less Ugly Design

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This bold new design language is showcased in Toyota's C-HR concept. A new generation of the C-HR is being developed by Toyota, which will be an evolution
This bold new design language is showcased in Toyota's C-HR concept. A new generation of the C-HR is being developed by Toyota, which will be an evolution

This bold new design language is showcased in Toyota’s C-HR concept. A new generation of the C-HR is being developed by Toyota, which will be an evolution of the current model, which was debuted a few years ago.

Despite the similarities between the new C-HR and its predecessor in terms of its overall shape, the new C-HR borrows styling elements from the all-new Crown, Prius, Aygo X, as well as the bZ4X. A sports car-esque front end is featured, as well as a bonnet that dips in the center and rises on the sides like a sports car.

The gaping maw below is flanked by a small grille and a pair of air curtains. It is the widened front fascia that has earned itself the name “Hammerhead” for its distinctive shape from the sides.

As a result of the wheel arches at the front of the vehicle creating big creases, the front doors meet in the middle and extend further backwards. The door handles are now tucked closer to the taillights on the latest C-HR iteration instead of the C-pillars, which was the case on the original C-HR version. In the front doors, the handles are flush with the body of the car, and they can be extended if necessary.

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Typically, concept cars have large wheels, and the side cameras will likely replace the mirrors in the production prototype, however, some of the more common concept features will remain. With the tri-toned paint scheme, the rearmost pillars are highlighted with “sulphur” contrasting the “metal silver” and the “recycled carbon” that adorn the front pillars.

The dramatic styling continues with the addition of a large rear wing that extends out from the rear bumper, full-width taillights, a sculpted tailgate, and a massive rear diffuser that complements the rear wing. As a result of having a longer wheelbase, Toyota says that the overhangs on this model are shorter, which could lead to more interior space on the inside.

A plug-in hybrid powertrain from a European manufacturer will be incorporated into the new C-HR as part of the new vehicle. As part of a December media briefing, Toyota hinted that the crossover would have an all-electric powertrain.

There isn’t much information regarding the SUV’s launch at the moment, but industry speculations suggest that it may debut in late 2023 or early 2024, depending on the exact timing.

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