New C-HR-Based Toyota Subcompact Crossover Spotted
Remember the ultra-cool Toyota C-HR concept that made its official debut at last year’s Paris Motor Show? If not, here’s a recap: the C-HR is a hybrid crossover coupe mashup that features a narrow grille, a floating roof, and gigantic wheels. Oh, and it’s purple. It reportedly shares a platform with the next-gen Prius, which is set to debut September 8th, and Toyota is actually going to produce it—or, at the very least, a toned-down, more mainstream-friendly version. The new subcompact crossover will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March, but spy shots of it being tested are already filtering into our news streams.
Compared to the C-HR concept, the new crossover has a much boxier shape (but that’s not necessarily a bad thing). It looks to be a hatchback-style, more traditional crossover with a rather large behind. It’s still camouflaged, so we can’t see a whole lot, but the spy shots are enough to get us excited for next spring.
The subcompact crossover would fit below the RAV4 in Toyota’s lineup and join the rapidly expanding new segment that features the likes of the Chevy Trax, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V. Alternatively, Toyota could choose to badge the vehicle as a Scion in order to reach a younger audience. If Toyota chooses this path, the crossover could replace the outgoing Scion xB and fill a new hole in Scion’s lineup.
News Source: Motor Authority