Scion’s would-be savior C-HR spied before its Toyota rebadging

Scion is dead, but one of its future products, the C-HR concept, is still in development for launch as a Toyota.

Toyota does a thorough job of hiding the C-HR’s rakish shape on these test cars, but we can spot the concept’s design cues. For example, the pointed nose and narrow headlights are present, and the giant box on the roof can’t hide the downward arch for the coupe-like rear. The back doors on these examples look larger than before, which suggests a switch to a traditional five-door body rather than the hidden rear openings on the concept. The change would offer easier access to the backseat and make the C-HR a better competitor in the segment against vehicles like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Jeep Renegade.

The C-HR debuted as a boldly styled three-door crossover at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Toyota later restyled the CUV with a more angular shape and extra doors. We most recently saw the compact crossover with Scion branding at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Rumors suggest the production model’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and it could arrive at dealers in the latter half of 2016. The powertrain lineup likely consists of a four-cylinder engine with a CVT and possibly a hybrid version, too. You’ll also get to see the C-HR on the track because Toyota will race the crossover in the 2016 Nürburgring 24 Hours.*~hmac=749a2b285690f1bf2df37e1caf34ab15502e651ffcf7225a0318ec89d0771636

Toyota C-HR Spy Shots

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