The new Toyota crossover could replace the C-HR
Toyota last year previewed 11 new electric car concepts, ranging from an Aygo-sized city car to an LFA sports car successor. There was also a small crossover, and a production version of it has now appeared on an Australian patent site.
The car’s size immediately hints at a second-generation C-HR. It incorporates some styling cues from Toyota’s small hybrid SUV, as well as some from the new bZ4X – a car that was also seen in concept form when it was announced last year.
As with the bZ4X, the patent for this small SUV broadly resembles the concept. The C-shaped headlights remain, as does the design of the front bumper. However, the honeycomb pattern and integrated fog lights are new to the patent.
Elsewhere, the wheels are exactly the same as those found on the concept, as is the rising line from the sill to the C-pillar that recalls the Aygo X. The rear resembles the C-HR, as do the overall proportions of the car. Here we can see taillights that jut out at an angle, suggesting that Toyota will opt for a wider, slimmer design than the C-HR. The rear window is also quite slender, just like the C-HR.
There’s no exhaust to be seen in the rear, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this car will be EV-only. Indeed, there’s plenty of air intake area in the grille – more than usual for an EV of this size – so perhaps the little crossover will offer both hybrid and all-electric powertrains. .
Toyota announced a new E3 platform last year, which will combine elements of Toyota’s global compact platform (TNGA-C) and the e-TNGA platform used in the company’s electric-only models. . It’s possible we could see the new small SUV sitting on the E3 architecture. In terms of battery size, the size of the car is unlikely to allow for the 71.4kWh unit of the larger bZ4X, so a more modest capacity would be needed.
Given how similar the Toyota bZ4X and Lexus RZ 450e have been to their concept cars since the reveal, it wouldn’t be surprising if these patents pretty much show the finalized car. However, the current C-HR was only refurbished at the end of 2020, so no replacement would be expected until the second half of 2023.
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