Despite its considerably late arrival in the subcompact crossover game, it looks like Toyota is set to take the coveted segment by storm with its latest entry, the 2018 C-HR.
The C-HR was first spotted at the Geneva Motor Show as a concept car in March. The 2018 Toyota C-HR has finally made its US debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show on Thursday, Nov. 17. The car was originally slated to be sold here under Scion "youth" brand, which is now closed.
Now that the C-HR is finally here, many are speculating whether or not the car is worth the wait. C-HR denotes "Coupe High-Rider," however; it's worth noting that this subcompact crossover does not feature four doors.
In their bid to disguise the rear pair, the popular Japanese automotive manufacturer shrank the rear window and created a big bulge that nearly detaches the rear wheels from the rest of the frame.
Toyota is leaving no stone unturned to deter its reputation for dull cars. In line with this, the C-HR boasts a cordial design that encompasses an array of awe-inspiring features such as bulging taillights, slim headlights, and a low, slanting roofline, according to DigitalTrends.
Designated below the RAV-4, the C-HR is set to lock horns with the likes of Honda's HR-V.
Basically, it is the same car that is put up for sale in the rest of the world. That being said, in the U.S. the car will only be up for grabs with a typically aspirated 2.0-litre with 144 horsepower coupled with a leading CVT transmission that drives the front wheels, according to CarScoops.
In other words, there will be no 1.2L turbo or hybrid for this side of the pond, at least for the time being. Also, the "compact" tag is actually a misnomer, considering that the C-HR actually sits between compact crossovers and sub-compact.
The C-HR will hit the retail showrooms next spring, and it will be available in two grade levels; the base XLE and the XLE Premium.