Although we have seen the production version of the Toyota C-HR small crossover overseas, it won’t be shown in U.S.-spec form until later this year, and won’t go on sale until spring 2017. But our spy photographers caught an early glance of the new model testing in the U.S. with almost no disguise, and we’re more than a little impressed with how cool and aggressive it looks.
These spy shots show that the production Toyota C-HR will closely resemble the concept (which was previously shown as a Scion before the Scion brand was discontinued). With a low, sloping roofline and hidden handles on the rear doors, the Toyota C-HR almost apes the funky look of the Nissan Juke. As on the concept, this car has dramatically flared fenders, a squat nose with squinty headlights, highly stylized taillights, and a roof spoiler that gives the Ford Focus RS’s aero parts a run for their money. With their boomerang-like shape, the C-HR’s taillights remind us of the look of the rear of a new Honda Civic.
The production Toyota C-HR will be built on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform used for the Prius, and it will also offer a hybrid powertrain. Nonetheless, we still expect a non-hybrid version when the car reaches American dealerships; both front- and all-wheel drive should be available, as is the case for most of this car’s competitors.
The Toyota C-HR will debut publicly later this year, potentially at the Los Angeles auto show, and will go on sale here by spring 2017. For now, feast your eyes on these spy photos and let us know if you think the Toyota C-HR will be a hit in the burgeoning subcompact crossover segment. It might turn out to be the best-looking one yet.