Production Version of The Toyota C-HR Compact Crossover Unveiled

Toyota automakers don’t seem to do anything half-heartedly. From the introduction and development of the most popular hybrid car, the now 2016 Toyota Prius, to other hybrid ventures in vehicles like the perennially best-selling 2016 Toyota Camry and even in an SUV with the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, the company’s tenacity for develop is admirable. 

When Toyota hadn’t yet thrown its hat in the ring of subcompact crossovers we wondered if the company would ever go in that direction. The 2016 Toyota models were beautiful, efficient, and versatile. But for as many different classes a new Toyota vehicle fit into, one class wasn’t covered. The subcompact crossover class is highly popular and getting in is hard enough, much less being seen.

But then we finally saw a concept for the 2016 Toyota C-HR. It was stylish, edgy, and took some design cues from the 2016 Prius. It appeared that perhaps Toyota was headed in a new design direction and waiting for the right moment. 

Well, that moment has come. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show last week, the company showcased the production version of the C-HR, and it’s beautiful. The C-HR is an example of the dedication to getting things right with Toyota automakers. The company started work on the vehicle six years ago. Which goes to show that they weren’t without a hat to throw into the subcompact crossover segment, which isn’t that old, they were just perfecting it.

The 2017 Toyota C-HR has European specs at the moment, with a 1.8-liter hybrid engine that puts out 120 horsepower, or a 1.2-liter turbo engine with 133 horsepower. But since it’s built on the new TNGA, or Toyota New Global Architecture platform, the same platform as the 2016 Prius, we can expect to see a stateside version as well. 

The TNGA platform allows the company to package three different powertrains onto the vehicle. According to chief engineer Hiroyuki Koba, Auto News reports that the original target buyer in the U.S. wasn’t looking for a hybrid, so a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is to be expected. But with the ability to easily add more powertrain options, we’re hopeful that when the vehicle comes our way we’ll have a few options. 

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Author:Serra Toyota of Decatur Blog

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