Why bother with a teaser when we know exactly how it's going to look like?
Toyota’s new C-HR subcompact crossover was unveiled in production form back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, but even so the company’s U.S. branch wants to create a bit of suspense by teasing the American model. It’s due to be introduced later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show where it will exhibit a “stunning” design, says Toyota USA.
The styling Toyota is talking about can be observed in the attached images showing the European model and we have a hunch the U.S. version will look essentially the same both on the outside and on the inside as well. It’s actually more than just a simple hunch taking into account spy images of a near-production U.S. prototype have shown the exterior design will be basically carried over. It should be the same story with the cabin.
Originally planned to be sold as a Scion in North America, the Toyota C-HR rides on the company’s new TNGA platform and will land stateside presumably with a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine hooked up to a continuously variable transmission. A more frugal hybrid derivative is going to be available in select markets, but it remains to be seen whether Toyota has plans to sell it in the U.S. as well.
We will have to wait for all the details until November 17 when the crossover will bow in L.A., ahead of a U.S. market launch scheduled for spring 2017.
As a side note, a plushier version with the Lexus badge as previewed by the radical UX concept might be on the agenda as well to take on the new Audi Q2. Toyota has already trademarked the “UX200,” “UX250,” and “UX250h” nameplates with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) earlier this year, so there’s a distinct possibility a premium C-HR will happen at some point.