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2016 Toyota C-HR-based compact SUV spied testing [video]

The 2016 Toyota C-HR-based compact SUV has been spied testing in Germany with new video footage showing the heavily camouflaged SUV driving on the road.

AT THE FRANKFURT Motor Show this month, Toyota revealed its C-HR concept and stated the thing would spawn a new compact SUV that would be revealed in full at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016. It’s expected the 2016 Toyota C-HR-based compact SUV will go on-sale towards the end of next year, and it’s expected to come to Australia.

According to Toyota, the show car from Frankfurt, pictured below, is more representative of what the production car will look like, although you can expect it to be slightly toned down when it reaches production. When it revealed the C-HR concept, Toyota said it would be based on the brand’s new TNGA platform, or Toyota New Global Architecture, and that it would provide a highly rigid body with a low centre of gravity.

And, looking at the video footage of the development car you’d have to suggest that might well be the case. Cornering in the video, the C-HR-based SUV doesn’t lean much and it looks well planted on direction changes. This looks like it might challenge the Subaru XV for dynamic honours in the compact SUV stakes.

At the concept C-HR’s reveal, Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the second C-HR Concept heralds an exciting possible addition to the company’s local line-up.

“The stunning looks, compact packaging and outstanding agility inherent in the C-HR Concept mean the production car is definitely on our wish-list for Australia,” Mr Cramb said.

“Given the right specification, pricing and availability for our market, we would expect the C-HR production model to accelerate the already-hot demand for vehicles in the small SUV segment,” he said.

“Toyota is obviously keen to compete in what is the fastest-growing category across the entire Australian market, with sales up more than 30% so far this year.”

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Isaac Bober

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