Toyota C-HR enters compact crossover frenzy in 2017
2017 Toyota C-HR crossover is unveiled in Geneva (Photo: Matt Bubbers/Autofocus.ca)
Nick Maronese, Autofocus.ca
Published Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:03AM EST
Toyota took the wraps off of the production version of its C-HR crossover in Geneva early March, a vehicle that looks surprisingly similar to the concept car that inspired it.
The C-HR, which was originally supposed to be branded a Scion, stands out most of all for its styling, which includes a coupe-like profile and massive wheel arches.
Toyota’s new Under Priority and Keen Look design language defines the front end, while the surfacing along the body sides follows a diamond-facet theme.
In Europe, the C-HR will make 122 horsepower in hybrid gas-electric trim, though it will also be made available with a 115-horsepower 1.2-litre turbo backed by a six-speed manual or a CVT; the CVT comes in front- or four-wheel-drive variants.
It’s uncertain which of those powertrains will wind up in Canada, or whether it’ll be a CVT-backed 2.0-litre gas engine instead.
The automaker also threw engineering into the car’s handling, specifically by testing its driving dynamics over miles and miles of European roads, to deliver a precision feel to the person behind the wheel.
The Toyota C-HR should hit North American showrooms some time in spring 2017.