While there was also a Scion concept of the model, Toyota is the only brand that’s going to sell the quirky C-HR subcompact crossover that has been presented in production guise during the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.
While rumored for a long time, the company only now has made the official announcement the C-HR would also be sold in the United States. The stylish crossover will reach the North American market during the spring of 2017, with the 2018 C-HR labeled as the new perfect vehicle for “yuccies” – we were very curious to what this term stands for as well: “young urban creatives” who allegedly also served as inspiration for the model’s design philosophy. With the production model still a year from now, the Japanese automaker will actually bring to the upcoming New York Auto Show the C-HR in its concept form. This is an odd decision indeed considering the Euro-spec model is already in production form, but the automaker also said the US-spec production model will be showcased sometimes later this year.
While specifications are kept a secret still, the European model is using the new TNGA platform and can be had with three different powertrains. The base is a turbocharged 1.2-liter churning out 115 horsepower linked to a standard six speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission, while next comes the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine (most likely the entry-level version in the US). And the C-HR is also the first small crossover to feature a hybrid version – the same assembly as in the new generation Prius.