Production Toyota C-HR to Debut in Geneva with Hybrid Powertrain
Toyota's attack on the subcompact crossover segment.
The production version of the Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover will debut in March at the 2016 Geneva auto show, and it will offer a hybrid powertrain. Set to start production this year in Turkey, with its hybrid powertrain built in the U.K., the Toyota C-HR will be sold both in Europe and in the U.S.
The Toyota C-HR concept was first shown at the 2014 Paris auto show and then at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. It was also shown as a Scion at the Los Angeles auto show, but now that the Scion brand is no more, it will be renamed Toyota C-HR for sale in the U.S. The funky concept car had a wild chopped-roof look, angular lines and creases, and aggressively flared fenders, bringing to mind a more aggressive take on the Nissan Juke small crossover.
Though Toyota still hasn't confirmed exactly what powertrain will be used, the C-HR will ride on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) flexible chassis as the new Prius. That could mean the C-HR will use the Prius's hybrid drivetrain, which consists of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and a 71-hp electric motor. Non-hybrid engines may also be offered.
"The crossover market has been booming and will continue to grow in Europe and elsewhere," Toyota Motor Europe CEO Johan van Zyl said in a statement. "We are entering the C-segment crossover market... with a hybrid powertrain from the start."
Check back on March 1 for full details once the production-ready Toyota C-HR makes its debut in Geneva.