Toyota plans to launch its own subcompact crossover to slot below the Toyota RAV4, with the C-HR concept shown at the 2014 Paris auto show serving as design inspiration. According to Autocar, the Toyota crossover will debut at the Geneva auto show in March 2016 and goes on sale shortly thereafter.
The wild, coupe-like Toyota C-HR concept (pictured) was said to show “a future direction for Toyota vehicles,” with bulging fenders, a panoramic glass roof, and wraparound taillights. Underhood, Toyota said the C-HR packed a hybrid powertrain. Many of those design cues will likely be toned down for a production crossover.
According to Autocar, the Toyota crossover will likely be called the Auris Cross and it will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that is also being used for the new Toyota Prius. The standard Toyota Auris is a compact European hatchback that is sold in the U.S. as the 2016 Scion iM.
It’s still unknown whether the Toyota subcompact crossover will come to the U.S. market, but it would make sense as the segment heats up. New entries in the subcompact crossover space include the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Fiat 500X, and Jeep Renegade. It’s also possible the model could come to the U.S. as a Scion product. Scion boss Doug Murtha has said the brand will launch a new model within the next two years, and the standard Auris hatchback is already offered here as the Scion iM.