Will debut as a Scion in the U.S.
Car and Driver reports that the production-spec Toyota C-HR will make its world debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show (NAIAS 2016) next month, wearing a Scion badge. The Toyota-badged model is expected to premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Set to rival the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V, the Toyota C-HR (production-spec name unconfirmed) will be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is claimed to offer “precise steering and supple suspension". According to its chief engineer, the Toyota C-HR will focus on distinctive styling instead of practicality, and will not be too toned-down from the C-HR concept.
The report suggests that the C-HR will borrow the hybrid setup from the 2016 Toyota Prius, which combines a 1.8-liter engine with an electric motor. Total system output is 121 hp, reportedly, which will be put to the ground via a CVT. Another option is the smaller 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine, sourced from the Japanese-market Toyota Auris, which is capable of 114 hp and 184 Nm of torque.
The Toyota C-HR could be manufactured at the company’s plant in Adapazari, Sakarya, located in northwestern Turkey, given the close proximity to key European and Middle Eastern markets. TKM (Toyota Kirloskar Motor) has not announced plans of launching the C-HR in India, but reports state that the company is considering a compact SUV.
[Source: Car and Driver]