The production version of the Toyota C-HR crossover has been teased.
The Toyota C-HR concept had some wild styling, but it’s looking like it will be toned down significantly for the production model. Although Toyota has only teased the production model with an outline of the body, it looks more like a traditional crossover rather than the radical two-door concept that sported the now-defunct Scion badge at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.
According to the Japanese automaker, the C-HR aims to provide the company with a strong presence in the growing C-segment crossover market. It will be a five-door coupe design with an elevated SUV-style cabin while bringing “the promise of an engaging driving experience, combined with a contemporary high-riding driving position.”
The production C-HR will make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and Toyota added that its dramatic styling will represent the new face of Toyota. The model is expected to launch as a hybrid with a standard gasoline variant added in the future. It will ride on the flexible Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins the new Prius, hinting that it could share the same powertrain that includes a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor.
Now that Scion has gotten the axe, the C-HR will be sold in the U.S. under the Toyota nameplate. Check back with AutoGuide.com in early march for full details on the production Toyota C-HR as we will be reporting live from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.