Better late than never
The 2018 Toyota C-HR will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles auto show later this month.
Toyota’s pint-sized crossover made its first appearance at the Geneva motor show in March before heading to the Paris show several weeks ago. Now that it has toured Europe, the C-HR will be revealed in North American-spec form for the first time. As of now, we don’t know the final design of the North American-bound model, nor do we know the engines it will offer.
But if it’s anything like a prototype we spotted in Michigan in April, the small crossover should look quite a bit like the European version. The North American prototype retained the same distinctive styling as the Euro-spec production car, including the same overall shape, body lines, and truncated rear. But it appears Toyota has changed up the lights; the prototype, as well as the model teased in the image above, has taillights that look a bit different than those on the European model.
Overseas, the C-HR receives a 1.8-liter gas-hybrid system making 122 hp, a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine producing 115 hp, and a 2.0-liter engine with around 150 hp. We likely won’t receive this same set of engines in North America, so we’ll just have to stay tuned for more details.
Toyota’s C-HR comes as a late offering into the popular subcompact crossover space. The model will compete against a host of existing entries such as the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, and Mazda CX-3. The model debuts November 17 ahead of the L.A. auto show.