Toyota reveals the next-generation of the C-HR sport CUV Concept ahead of eventual production

Well here is round two of what is reportedly Scion's next new model, the C-HR Concept (expect a name like iX or something like that especially since Honda's new sub-compact crossover is called HR-V). This latest version of Toyota's idea of a sporty compact crossover has added two more doors (see pic after the jump) for a total of five. Still on board is the hybrid drivetrain which could benefit from Toyota's more powerful unit released in the fourth-gen Prius. The roof is now solid black and the silver paint accentuates the C-HR's curves better then the previous matte blue/purple finish. I like the bulldog-esque rear countenance that gives the car a feisty stance. It is a good-looking concept and we shall see how much of the C-HR's "goodness" makes it to production (raise the roof a bit?). Toyota needs a styling home run and Scion needs new product so maybe the C-HR will off two birds with one stone. The production version may be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March of  '16. "Til then, check out the brief press release after the jump or select the previous post link for even more info about the C-HR's Paris outing (w/video). More to come...

Source: Toyota - Press release after the "read more" jump. Previous Post (w/video).

Press Release:
Toyota C-HR Concept Gets a Step Closer to Production

The Toyota C-HR concept, a stylish and compact hybrid crossover, has been updated with the intention of launching a mass-market version in the not-so-distant future. The new five-door model is currently on display at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show (September 15―27).

The Toyota C-HR Concept was created to explore new directions for compact crossovers in an increasingly homogenous marketplace, and made its first appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as a design study.

The concept is visually distinctive, thanks to its expressive diamond-inspired styling, packed full of eye-catching details that have been sculpted and chamfered to represent the facetted surfaces of a precision-cut gemstone. The vehicle builds on two key elements of Toyota's design language―Keen Look and Under Priority―to create a bold, emphatic front profile that emphasizes the lower grille as well as increasing aerodynamic performance, cooling, and pedestrian safety.

The updated concept represents a step toward commercialization, with changes such as the shift from a three-door to a five-door format made from a practicality standpoint. Additionally, the roof color scheme has been changed from a two-tone (blue and black) to a uniform glossy black color scheme.

The Toyota C-HR Concept makes use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), an integrated development program for vehicle platforms and powertrain components. TNGA will enable Toyota to create vehicles with improved chassis rigidity, handling stability, and comfort. Additionally, Toyota aims to give the concept an engine with thermal efficiency of over 40 percent, as well as further improving fuel efficiency by making the hybrid system―including the motor and battery―smaller and more lightweight.

Toyota hopes to show a production-ready model at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2016.