SANTA MONICA, California — The C-HR, a Scion crossover concept that previously hinted at a new direction for the brand, will now be part of the Toyota lineup.
On the heels of today's announcement that Toyota is eliminating the Scion brand, spy photographers caught the heavily camouflaged Toyota C-HR during testing.
First shown as a concept at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the C-HR is expected to compete in the rapidly expanding subcompact SUV segment. Current entries include the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade.
Power for the C-HR will likely come from the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the current Scion iM. It's rated at 138 horsepower and delivers 32 mpg in combined driving when paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Toyota has not given a timetable for the release of the C-HR, but we expect to see it in Toyota showrooms in the first half of 2017.
Edmunds says: The name on the back of this vehicle is less important than the fact that Toyota is now getting a subcompact SUV into this growing market.