Saturday 24 March 2018

Toyota 'to unveil' new crossover rival for Nissan Qashqai next year

Honda CH-R
Honda CH-R
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Reports are now suggesting that Toyota will have a new rival for Nissan's Qashqai on sale next year.

And it is expected to be heavily based on the C-HR concept (pictured) which was rolled out at last year's Paris Motor Show.

If it manages to retain any of that concept's radical styling it will be noticed, that's for sure, because the C-HR had heavily flared wheel arches and what they call 'floating' rear light clusters.

It seems that focus groups conducted by the carmaker have come out in favour of the more radical look over the more traditional profile.

It is reported that the new crossover could be among the highlights of next March's Geneva motor show.

Based on the marque's new 'Global Architecture' which will be the basis of their vehicles from now on, the C-HR will have a lot more interior room than its modest exterior dimensions suggest.

It is not clear what the new car will be called, however.

Some reports suggest they might decide to call it the 'Auris Cross'. That might be confusing for some but would trigger a high recognition rate because of the Auris factor.

The newcomer, if and when it arrives, would slot in below the RAV4.

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