With Scion now officially dead, Toyota is looking to bring affordable, yet edgier models into its lineup. One such model is the C-HR, an all-new crossover that recently made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
One quick look at the new small CUV and you’d think it was still just a concept. But don’t let the hard edges, flared wheel arches, or floating roof fool you. Toyota was able to retain much of the C-HR’s design as it went from a concept vehicle at last year’s LA Auto Show, to an actual production-ready model that’s inspired by the Toyota Auris/Scion iM.
The C-HR is not just aimed at helping Toyota pick up where Scion left off, wooing younger buyers who want something more exiting than your average econobox. It will also help the brand compete with the latest slew of compact crossovers. These include the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3, to name just a few.
The C-HR rides on Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which is the same platform that underpins the latest generation Prius. When it debuted in Geneva, the C-HR featured a 1.8-liter four-cylinder hybridized powertrain derived from the newly launched Toyota Prius. However, American drivers can expect to see a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder as standard. Power will be routed through a continuously variable transmission that sends power to either the front wheel or through an all-wheel drive setup.
Stay tuned for more information on the U.S.-spec C-HR later this year, as sales are slated to begin in early 2017. Until then, have a closer look below.