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  • Toyota Delayed C-HR Subcompact Crossover for TNGA Platform

Toyota Delayed C-HR Subcompact Crossover for TNGA Platform

New Architecture to Underpin Company’s Core Compacts

Mar 8, 2016
Toyota is a latecomer to the subcompact-crossover segment, joining customer favorites like the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, and Jeep Renegade a few years late. But there’s a good reason for that, according to Automotive News. The outlet recently had a chat with the upcoming not-a-Scion C-HR’s chief engineer, Hiroyuki Koba, who revealed that developing Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) was a key prerequisite for the subcompact crossover.
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TNGA, which currently underpins the recently redesigned (and slightly sportier) Prius, is the company’s take on modular design, offering a variety of configurations for front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive, hybrid or conventional power, and several different vehicle sizes. It also represents a stiffness increase between 30 and 65 percent compared to the platforms it will replace, giving those vehicles a premium feel and sportier driving experience.
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"We were studying which was best [for the C-HR] and after looking at TNGA we said, ‘This is best,'" Koba said, speaking to Automotive News. After the Prius and C-HR, the next Toyota to see modular duty will be the next-generation Corolla, due by the end of the decade.
With TNGA’s benefits on clear display in the new Prius, which has been lauded as sportier and sharper than the jellybean-shaped hybrid should be, it should be a winning base for the C-HR. Competition like the Chevrolet Trax and aforementioned Juke have been on the market for years now, so the little Toyota should do a decent job of leapfrogging them in terms of driving refinement. Here in the U.S., the C-HR will be fit with a 2.0L I-4, likely producing at least 170 hp, while overseas markets will have the option of a hybrid subcompact crossover.
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By the way, Toyota has a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 under the hood of its Lexus NX 200t compact crossover, and that 235hp engine would make for a great C-HR TRD Sport, if Toyota decides to go wild with their little frog.
Source: Automotive News, Toyota
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