2018 Toyota C-HR Debuts for the Millionth Time But With a Twist

Originally heading to the U.S. as a Scion model, the C-HR will now be offered as a Toyota.

The 2018 Toyota C-HR has been introduced at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, a year after the Scion C-HR Concept debuted at the same location. There are very few surprises on the production U.S.-bound C-HR, but it will launch in two grades, XLE and XLE Premium, when it arrives next spring. Standard features on both models include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, bucket seats, seven-inch audio display and Toyota Safety Sense P.

Toyota says the C-HR packs plenty of sportiness thanks to deputy chief engineer, Hiro Koba, who is a diehard racer at heart. Koba and his team used the world famous Nurburgring to dial-in the C-HR’s handling capabilities, promising to deliver an agile and dynamic driving experience.

2016 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

Unfortunately, some shoppers might be disappointed to hear that the Toyota C-HR will only be offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 144 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. The power will be sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sounds more fuel efficient than fun.

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On the inside, the crossover features soft-touch materials throughout with diamond pattern influencing the design of the dual-zone climate controls, speaker surrounds and black headliner. There’s a seven-inch display centrally positioned atop the dash, while an informative twin-ring gauge cluster sits behind the leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel. Sitting between the twin-ring cluster is a 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display.

Expect pricing for the 2018 Toyota C-HR to be announced closer to its launch next spring.

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