Remember the Toyota C-HR Concept that debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show? Shortly after it debuted, Toyota announced that this funky crossover would make it to production and would be available in the U.S. Today, Toyota revealed the fate of the U.S.-Spec C-HR, as it displayed the concept Scion C-HR at the L.A. Auto Show.
On the outside, the Scion C-HR is identical to the Toyota version, save for a few minor tweaks. The areas where the Scion model sets itself apart are the grilles covering the various air inlets and outlets on the front and rear, and the rear diffuser, which is more aggressive on the Scion version. Otherwise, the Scion C-HR has the same funky and sporty design, and blacked-out roof.
Like Toyota did with its version of the C-HR, Scion didn’t reveal images of the crossover’s cabin. Most likely, these two models feature almost identical interiors.
The under-hood bits remain unknown for now, but rumors indicate that the C-HR twins will share a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for added boost and fuel economy. Rumors also indicate that these models will use a continuously variable transmission to deliver the power to the ground.
We know that the CH-R will sit atop Toyota’s New Global Architecture. Toyota claims that this new architecture results in a lower center of gravity and increased body rigidity, which results in better handling and improved comfort. The latter will be very handy, as those 21-inch wheels and low-profile tires on this concept do not look forgiving.
Both the Toyota and Scion C-HRs are due to become production models soon. In fact, Scion even confirms in its press release that the production C-HR will debut in 2016. My guess is that it’ll debut along with the Toyota C-HR at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.