NEW SUV:Toyota has unveiled its SA-bound C-HR crossover SUV at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. Image: Quickpic
Geneva - Toyota debuted one of its most radical cars at the 2016 Geneva motor show - the C-HR.
The new crossover SUV represents chief Akio Toyoda’s determination to allow "greater stylistic freedom and promote engineering creativity in order to achieve eye-catching designs and enhanced driving pleasure,"... Toyota speak for removing its "boring cars" stigma.
Image gallery: 2016 Toyota C-HR crossover SUV
Judging by its coupe-esque design, aggressive SUV traits and crossover elements, the C-HR looks fantastic.
Taking on local crossover rivals
The C-HR is built on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Toyota SA says its new SUV should arrive locally early in 2017, with local specifications to be confirmed closer to the launch.
Powering the C-HR is a 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine capable of 85kW/185Nm. The 1.2 sends power to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The new C-HR will take on local crossover rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3.
The TNGA platform and its low centre of gravity, says Toyota, allows the C-HR to carry its speed through corners, with "excellent body control and steering fluidity".
It has a wrap-around LED headlights, slender upper grille (front) and assertive lines along its flanks.