2017 Toyota C-HR revealed in production trim
After several concept car teases, the C-HR is set to debut in production trim at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show as Toyota’s entry into the burgeoning subcompact crossover category.
Images that leaked online ahead of the show depict a shape that retains quite a bit of the previous concept’s impressive lines. The bulbous wheel wells, low roofline, and boomerang-like taillights are all recognizable. The rear door handles are also obscured, like on the similarly-sized Honda HR-V. Blacked-out rear pillars help create a “floating roof” look, and the rear spoiler is supposed to appear to float as well.
The C-HR uses the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform as the 2016 Prius, but few other details about the crossover are available right now. It will have a hybrid powertrain option alongside conventional gasoline powertrains. That would make it Toyota’s third hybrid crossover, after the hybrid versions of the Highlander and RAV4. The C-HR hybrid could even use a version of the 2016 Prius powertrain.
Toyota originally planned to sell the C-HR in the United States as a Scion, and even unveiled a Scion-badged C-HR concept at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show last fall. But the company subsequently decided to kill Scion, claiming the “youth brand” had outlived its usefulness. So the C-HR will be sold here as a Toyota instead.
The C-HR has come a long way from the 2014 Paris Auto Show, where it first appeared as a concept. Toyota showed subsequent concepts at the 2015 Frankfurt and L.A. shows, and even unveiled a racing version earlier this year for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. This production version should be in showrooms later this year, as a 2017 model.