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Toyota mulling high-performance version of C-HR

Toyota C-HR_Concept_07_Sept 2015 rear quarter

Toyota is reportedly considering a high-performance variant of the recently unveiled Toyota C-HR compact SUV.

Speaking to our friends at Autocar, C-HR chief engineer, Hiro Koba, told the British publication that such a car would rival the Nissan JUKE Nismo and give Toyota a head start in the high-performance crossover market.

Toyota C-HR_Concept_05_Sept 2015 front quarter-1

Rembert Serrus, Toyota Motor Europe’s senior manager agrees: “The car lends itself to it. it would be possible, but it depends on how much we have to change. A sports version could be a minor change or it could be a new project. A sports version would make a lot of sense.”

However, nothing is set in stone yet, as Koba added: “I am pushing to make such a car. I need to get approval.”

Toyota C-HR_Concept_08_Sept 2015 front quarter-2

Nevertheless, a racing version of the C-HR is set to compete in the Nürburgring 24 Hours next month powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine generating around 131kW. It is understood public reaction to the racer will influence the business case for the high-performance C-HR.

If it all works out, the hotter C-HR is expected to be unveiled no earlier than 2018.

Note: Toyota C-HR concept shown

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