LA LIVE: 2018 Toyota C-HR

LA LIVE: 2018 Toyota C-HR

Toyota has revealed the production-bound 2018 C-HR crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

As promised, the final design stays close to the Toyota C-HR concept that debuted in Geneva, toned down significantly from the futuristic Scion-badged C-HR that first appeared last year in LA.

Designers focused on the theme ‘Distinctive Diamond’ when creating the concepts and production model, aiming to achieve a muscular yet edgy appearance focused on urban buyers. The styling demonstrates that Toyota is keeping alive Scion’s youth focus, despite retiring the Scion brand itself.

The small crossover integrates thin windows and a high beltline, while the hatchback tapers inward to further reinforce its streamlined coupe-like profile. Its bold projector headlights and LED daytime running lights wrap nearly all the way into the front quarter panels.

US buyers will be treated to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, delivered to the front wheels via an all-new CVT. The transmission integrates redesigned pulleys for improved acceleration and fuel economy.

The C-HR is scheduled to arrive in showrooms next spring. Pricing will presumably be announced closer to launch.

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