Toyota C-HR concept to see production in 2016 (w/images)

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say. If so, the Toyota C-HR is a tribute to the popularity of the Nissan Juke, a sporty, stylish crossover utility vehicle. At the Frankfurt auto show this week, Johan van Zyl, CEO of Toyota Europe, told the press that the C-HR will go on sale shortly after the Geneva auto show in 2016. He says the actual vehicle will look ‘very similar’ to what you see here.

Shown as a three door concept at previous auto shows, the latest version has been changed to a full five door design. It will be built on the same Toyota TNGA global platform that is used for the new Toyota Prius. The C-HR will use the same hybrid powertrain from the Prius, which should give it excellent fuel economy.

Every manufacturer is trying hard to attract younger customers, many of whom are less interested in owning cars than prior generations. The more angular, coupe-like design of the C-HR is in keeping with the style conscious small crossover market. No prices for the C-HR have been announced.