Small SUVs, from the B segment, have proven to be the hot cakes of the car industry. Anywhere they are put for sale, even in the USA, as the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3 and the Jeep Renegade. Toyota always comes for the party later than the other guests, in order to check if it is worth it or not, but never arrives without a huge chance of becoming the center of it. And their chance in the B segment SUVs is called C-HR. And will probably be presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, according to the japanese magazine Best Car.
After having presented its 3-door version at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and the 5-door version at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota will unveil a hybrid concept of the SUV at the 2016 NAIAS, only two months before the production version is officially introduced.
The regular versions of the SUV will probably be powered by a 1.2 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine, able to deliver 85 kW and 185 Nm of torque. It will probably be built over the EFC (Entry Family Car) platform, the same one used by Etios and the Chinese Yaris. That increases the possibility of the production of the SUV in other markets, such as Brazil and India, but we believe a more traditional design will be used for developing markets, in order to make the vehicle roomier.
The hybrid version of the C-HR will probably use the 1.8 Atkinson engine present in the Prius family, coupled with an electric engine that generates 53 kW. Combined power would be around 100 kW.
Source: Motoring and Best Car magazine