Scion xD didn’t manage to catch fire. In the U.S., sales of the xD fell to 9.573 in 2011 from 32.603 in 2006. But even with Scion closed three months ago, Toyota wants to catch up in subcompact crossover segment. As a successor to xD, Japanese car maker revealed 2018 Toyota C-HR. This SUV’s production started a few days ago in Sakarya, Turkey. Even with Toyota late for the party, we think that C-HR will spark interest in the younger audience.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Design
The new model will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform, which will also be used on some other future models like Camry and Corolla, but also underpins current Prius. C-HR is 171.1-inch long, 70.7-inch wide, and 61.6 inches tall. The wheelbase is 103.9 inches long, same as on Kia Sorento. The design is funky, to say at least. At first look, this model looks like a tall two-door coupe. Only after really thorough examination, we can see rear door handles that are mounted near the sloping roofline.
On the front, LED headlights stretch all the way from almost the emblem on the center grille to above the wheel arches. Further, on the front fascia, there is horizontal stripe air intake below with round fog lights on each side. All in all, with a sculpted hood, daring lines, 2018 Toyota C-HR looks really aggressive. Almost like when Incredible Hulk bursts out of his shirt.
If you look at the proportion of rear doors, you can see that there are massive. The question is how practical are those handles. Imagine your kid entering the rear seat. Now way he or she could reach the door knob, so if you have any until they are tall enough to enter on their own, you’ll be their personal assistant. But this funky model is mainly targeted at a younger audience, for those who don’t have kids yet. Like Kia Soul and Nissan Juke. To get back to the design. 2018 Toyota C-HR comes with 18-inch wheels, while the boomerang-like rear lights look like those from Honda Civic.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Interior
C-HR will offer two trims, XLE and XLE Premium. With XLE you’ll have a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, and power-folding heated mirrors. On XLE Premium there is also added blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats. On side mirrors, there are also puddle lamps that project Toyota C-HR on the ground there is also keyless entry. Regardless of trim, this funky SUV will come with features like a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM/HD radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition and Harman’s Aha app. Toyota’s Safety Sense P also comes as standard on both trims. This package comes with radar cruise control, pedestrian detection with auto braking, and lane departure warning. And those are just some of them. There is also three drive modes to choose from, Normal, Eco, and Sport.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Powertrain
Across the world, 2018 Toyota C-HR will come in two versions. One is 1.2-liter turbo while the another one is a hybrid which will consist of 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Although there is no confirmation for powertrain for U.S., those two are unlikely to set foot on the U.S. market. So there is a high possibility of the third powertrain, that will likely be a naturally aspired 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. It will come with continuously variable automatic transmission and FWD. Although there was no mention of AWD, there are speculations of it coming as an option.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Rivals
As for the price we can leave it to our imagination, since there is no starting point for even a speculation. But they will surely keep it competitive with Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. But when 2018 Toyota C-HR officially arrives in the U.S. we will surely have much more information available.