This is the new Toyota C-HR, the long awaited B segment SUV from Toyota. Slated for an official presentation at the Geneva Motor Show, it is still a mystery in what relates to technical specifications. All we know is that it is a hybrid, but not much more than that.
From the fact that it is a hybrid, anyway, we can infer quite a lot. CarScoops, for example, says the new car has been produced over the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the same modular one that is used in the latest Prius. Maybe they have come to this conclusion because the C-HR is a hybrid, but also due to the fact that a modular platform only makes sense if you have a big scale of production. But it could also sit over the EFC platform, used by Etios and the Yaris in some Asian countries, such as China, or even the B platform used by the European Yaris.
If it shares the TNGA platform with the new Prius, it most certainly also employs it 1.8 4-cylinder 2ZR-FXE engine, with Atkinson cycle. In the Prius, it produces 71 kW at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Its electric engine generates 53 kW and 163 Nm, but the total output is a disappointing 90 kW. On the other hand, thermal efficiency is said to be around 40%. We just hope that the new B segment SUV is not as disappointing to drive as the Prius has been, according to its latests reviews.
While we wait for more information, check its images. One thing is for sure: it will bother its competitors.
Toyota has not released a single information about the car apart from confirming what we already knew: the C-HR is built over the TNGA platform and uses the same 1.8 engine from the Prius.
It is your chance to have a good looking car with a fuel efficient powertrain. Apart from this engine, it will be offered in Europe with a 1.2 turbocharged petrol unit delivering 85 kW, with both a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT, and a 2.0 mated to a CVT, with no performance numbers disclosed. It is probably the same engine used in the Corolla, which is able to deliver 113 kW. It did not deserve an entirely new post just for that. Maybe when Toyota decides to deliver some real information about the car.