Toyota C-HR performance version in the works?
About two years ago Toyota introduced the matte-blue ‘design study’ named C-HR concept, it has now officially revealed the production model ahead of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show scheduled next month. The funky Toyota C-HR is speculated to drive into the market in early 2017 and will be seen giving nightmares to some very hot crossovers like the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke Nismo and Mazda CX-3. The new performance oriented model has been introduced by Hiro Koba, C-HR lead engineer. In an interview to Autocar UK, Koba revealed that the C-HR was not a tangible plan but he is now waiting for a green signal.
Developing a sports version of C-HR is possible according to the company, but it needs to review how much change is practically needed. On an interesting note, Koba has already tested a racing version of C-HR which will take part next month at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. The impression C-HR leaves on the public will be immensely beneficial, as it would then help the business case to undertake the production of performance version of the C-HR. The C-HR is based on Toyota’s TGNA platform and is all about allure. It boasts of floating roof that slants down, aggressive rear spoiler, wraparound caps at the rear window, spherical tail lamps and exclusively sculpted body work that imparts an elegant look.
We wouldn’t be surprised if conspicuous aerodynamic design of the racing car is carried forward. Also, there is high probability that the performance oriented C-HR will feature premium interiors, heft steering and updated suspension and brakes. Powering the Toyota C-HR is 1.5-L turbocharged petrol engine that churns out power output of 180.46 hp. It is probable that the production version will make use of the same engine as Koba hinted at presenting a powerful variant of C-HR. The wait is going to be long, but Motorcruze will get back with any available update, till then stay hooked!
(Source – AutocarIndia)