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Toyota C-HR Concept Moves Closer to Production

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Toyota C-HR concept

The five-door Toyota C-HR concept

Remember the awesomely purple Toyota C-HR concept from last year’s Paris Motor Show? We certainly do. This striking crossover combined aggressive looks with sleek lines and a sporty stance to make a totally unique-looking—if slightly squished—vehicle. Following the debut, Toyota announced that it was working on a production model that would be based on the C-HR, and all signs point to that model being ready for display at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next March.

Toyota C-HR concept

The C-HR concept, which is currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, was built with two key elements of the automaker’s design language in mind—Keen Look and Under Priority. The result is a distinctive vehicle designed to resemble a precision-cut gemstone. Unlike the original concept model, the one on display in Frankfurt has been tweaked slightly to give us an idea of what the production model will look like—five doors instead of three, and an allover black paint scheme rather than the two-tone design from before.

Toyota C-HR concept

The crossover will be powered by a hybrid motor that has a thermal efficiency of more than 40%. This, plus a smaller and more lightweight hybrid system, will help ensure that the vehicle is ultra-fuel-efficient, making it extremely competitive in its segment.

Look out for a production-ready version to debut next year. Until then, enjoy these photos of the current concept vehicle.