U.S.-spec version to debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

If you’re in the market for a subcompact crossover with funky styling but you’re finding the Nissan Juke’s appearance a bit too much, then the new Toyota C-HR might be the solution. Now in production at the Sakarya factory in Turkey where the Verso and Corolla are also being assembled, the new C-HR brings a flamboyant design to the segment and is one of those cars that will certainly stand out on the road.

In order to accommodate the new model’s arrival at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey, the world’s biggest car manufacturer last year has invested approximately €350 million (about $382M) and has hired 2,000 people to get everything ready. By adding a third vehicle to the assembly lines, Toyota is boosting annual production at the Sakarya plant to 280,000 units.

Toyota C-HR production start
Toyota C-HR production start

Besides the polarizing exterior design, the C-HR is also the first subcompact crossover to be available with a full hybrid powertrain. The eco-friendly version will be built alongside the conventionally-powered models and will have the hybrid hardware imported from Toyota’s Deeside factory in U.K. We’re talking about a hybridized 1.8-liter gasoline engine with 120 horsepower (90 kilowatts) and 104 pound-feet (142 Newton-meters) of torque channeled to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

Alternatively, the C-HR can be had with a turbocharged 1.2-liter engine borrowed from the Auris with 114 hp (85 kW) and 136 lb-ft (185 Nm). It can work with a six-speed manual sending power to the front axle or with a CVT that can be optionally hooked up to an all-wheel-drive system. In some markets, a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 142 hp (107 kW) and a CVT is going to be available.

Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR

Production at the factory in Turkey will cater not only the European markets, but also United States, Canada, South Africa, Taiwan, and Mauritius. The U.S.-spec model will be revealed next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale next spring.

Source: Toyota

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