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Toyota C-HR concept car (2014): first sight of Juke/Qashqai rival

Published: 22 September 2014 Updated: 26 January 2015

This new Toyota C-HR concept car is proof that Japan’s biggest car maker is gunning for the super-successful Nissan Qashqai and Juke crossover crown.

Toyota will unveil the C-HR at the Paris motor show on 2 October 2014; this pair of photographs finally reveal the SUV after a solitary teaser picture was shown earlier this month (third picture).

Toyota C-HR concept car: what we know

Toyota has said very little about the C-HR, confirming only that ‘the show car gives an early hint of a kind of vehicle Toyota would like to bring to market.’

CAR understands that this is a look at a forthcoming Qashqai/Juke-style family crossover, to sit alongside the more spartan RAV4 soft-roader

We also know that it’s powered by a hybrid powertrain, which should surprise precisely nobody given Toyota’s leadership in petrol-electric tech.

The next chapter of Toyota’s design language

The C-HR is significant in ushering in the latest iteration of Toyota’s look. The company confirms the face will spread to future models and says the external design has a ‘diamond styling theme.’

It looks pretty concept car cool to us, but we fear the production crossover won’t look much like this – unless Toyota is taking a leaf out of cross-town rival Nissan’s book of brave pills.

There’s certainly a smattering of Juke-style outlandishness here…

And the production Fuel-Cell Sedan too

Not content with pushing home its advantage in hybrid technology, Toyota will also unveil the European version of its Fuel-Cell Sedan, the groundbreaking H2 car expected to cost around £40,000 and emit nothing more than water from its exhaust pipe.

We’ve already seen the Japanese/US spec version, but the company will announce further details of its hydrogen-powered car at the Paris motor show too.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words