Toyota is one unpredictable company, last year at the Paris Auto Show they showcased the C-HR concept as a future Toyota coupe but caught us unawares with a 5-door subcompact SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Now the two door coupe is currently on display at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto show wearing a Scion badge. This suggests that the model will be sold as a Scion in the North American market and as a Toyota model in Europe and other markets. We have already caught a mule testing which means the production version will soon make its debut. The production model will feature five doors.
The automaker intimates that the car was created with creative young urban buyers in mind, people looking for the practicability of an SUV but with an expressive design perfect for the city environment.
Scion C-HR Concept Exterior
The Scion C-HR concept is based on the TNGA platform which the recently released 2016 Toyota Prius is based on. This platform allows a low center of gravity and more body rigidity which translates to enhanced handling and better ride comfort. The mule we caught testing is 171.25 inches long, 72.83 inches wide and 59.05 inches tall.
The vehicle has borrowed its front fascia design from the new Toyota Corolla. The front features a sporty grille which is flanked by narrow LED headlights. The front also features sharp and bold lines on the hood that give the vehicle a distinctive look. The bold lines extend to the rear roofline and flow to the back which gives the crossover SUV a sporty stance. To complete the rear look are boomerang-shaped LED taillights.
Some of the concept features won’t make it into production like the huge 21-inch wheels which we believe are too large for the C-HR. However, according to our spy shots, the model will still have a sporty design enhanced by its blacked-out C-Pillar.
Scion C-HR Concept Interior
The interior is still a mystery which we have to wait a little bit longer to solve. Since the exterior design is highly sophisticated, expect a matching interior. The vehicle will accommodate five passengers.
The cabin will feature up-to-date technology, safety, entertainment and convenient features. Expect the bold lines on its outer body to make their way to the dash.
Except the fact that Toyota confirmed that the C-HR will feature a hybrid engine, there is no additional information about what lies under its hood. However, there is a high likelihood of a four-cylinder unit paired with either CVT or an automatic transmission system. A D-4D diesel engine is also very likely.
Price and release date
There are no details about its pricing at this time. This information will be made available when the production model is unveiled sometimes next year probably at the Detroit Auto Show or at the Chicago Auto Show. Rumor has it that the model will be priced lower than the Toyota RAV4; so you can expect a piece of around $ 20,000.