By Stewart Smith on 2016-03-02 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New crossover and
MPV for Toyota
TOYOTA went to town at the Geneva Motor Show with new or revised models gracing their stand including an all-new crossover, the C-HR, making its world debut.
The C-HR was first seen as a concept in Paris in 2014 and Frankfurt in 2015 and it has stuck very much to the original styling with its coupe-like lines, which Toyota say will establish a new direction amongst mid-sized crossovers.
The C-HR also brings innovation to its segment through the introduction of a hybrid powertrain, using Toyota's very latest 1.8-litre hybrid system which will be produced in Britain at Toyota's engine plant in Deeside, North Wales.
With COemissions of less than 90 g/km Toyota claim it is unrivalled within its segment. Alternatively, the Toyota C-HR is available with a new 115 bhp 1.2 litre turbo engine.
Also on show is the latest version of the Toyota Hilux, Europe's biggest-selling pick-up.
It's longer, wider and taller than the previous model and has increased towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes for the UK market.
It comes with a new 2.4-litre D-4D Global Diesel (GD) engine featuring stop/ttart and combines vastly improved torque delivery in the low and medium speed ranges with claimed class-leading fuel economy. The 16v DOHC four-cylinder 2,393cc unit generates 148 bhp.
Also making its debut on the Toyota stand is a new people carrier, the Proace Verso which has the flexibility of carrying up to nine people.
Available in three grades, Proace Verso will offer customers a choice of three body lengths across the entire model range, from the compact to the VIP version.
There will be a choice of five diesel powertrains varying in output from 94 to 177bhp. With a choice of manual, robotised manual and automatic transmissions, they target best-in-class COemissions.
High specification levels include user-friendly equipment such as rail-mounted sliding seats, opening rear tailgate glass, foot-operated automatic sliding side doors and a panoramic roof.
Safety standards are on a par with Toyota passenger cars and the Proace Verso has recently been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test programme.
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