2018 Toyota C-HR Revealed, But Don’t Get in touch with It a Crossover

2018 Toyota C-HR profile - Image: Toyota Admit it: you woke up right now missing the Toyota Matrix, didn’t you? Could Toyota interest you in a modernized, reincarnated Matrix?

This is it. The Toyota C-HR is roughly an inch shorter than the old Matrix, two-tenths of an inch larger, and about an inch wider than the dearly departed hatchback that we likely wouldn’t contact a mere hatchback if it arrived in 2016.

The C-HR is already in production in Sakarya, Turkey, but till the North American production-ready reveal at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show right now, there had been details unknown.

Now, some of the unknowns are known.

“It looks like nothing at all we’ve ever produced, and ushers in a new era of Toyota style,” says Bill Fay, common manager of the Toyota division in the United States.

Uh, that’s for certain.2018 Toyota C-HR front LA: image - toyotaInitially intended to finish up as a Scion in North America ahead of the Scion brand was extinguished, the 2018 Toyota C-HR arrives to challenge subcompact crossovers in a burgeoning segment.

Although somewhat late to the party — there are currently nearly a dozen rivals — the C-HR will beat the Ford EcoSport in the front door. But wait a minute. Is the C-HR actually a direct rival for the Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and a host of other little crossovers?

For the time becoming, the C-HR is a front-wheel-drive vehicle only. AWD is an choice in other markets.

Preserve in thoughts, the front-wheel-drive-only Kia Soul sells more frequently in America than any of the subcompact crossovers that offer AWD. Claiming Nürburgring-honed handling, Toyota says the C-HR arrives in America with a two.-liter four-cylinder creating 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque exclusively linked to a constantly variable transmission.2018 Toyota C-HR interior - Image: ToyotaThere’ll be XLE and XLE Premium trims, with the upper grade adding heated front seats, energy lumbar support for the driver, proximity access and, “puddle lamps that project Toyota C-HR.” Each the XLE and XLE Premium are equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense P, but the XLE Premium adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross visitors alert.

The C-HR first appeared as a idea at 2014’s Paris show, was altered for the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, and was then shown in production kind earlier this year in Geneva, Switzerland. U.S. sales of the production automobile commence in the spring of 2017.

No AWD? Even the Matrix, a mere hatchback, provided 4 driven wheels.

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[Pictures: Toyota]

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2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV: America’s Tiniest Crossover

Chevy Spark ACTIV image: General Motors

Chevrolet most likely is not expecting clients to take their Spark ACTIVs down a fire road or out for a day of rock crawling. Nonetheless, it is leveraging the outdoorsy concept to say the ACTIV will somehow be greater at these issues than a standard Spark to encourage sales and rationalize a higher value tag.

America’s enjoy-affair with crossovers is bigger than ever and General Motors is hoping there’s room for this added-little entry into the very popular segment.

The ACTIV gives off the illusion that you can take the Spark out of the city and into the country with “trail-inspired accents.”

General Motors has modified the look of the regular itty-bitty Spark to give it a bit of sport utility flair. It gets unique front and rear fascias with accents influenced by off-road skid plates, dark plastic wheelhouse moldings, new rocker panels, 15-inch alloy wheels, and fog lamps.

The ACTIV has been raised 4 tenths of an inch and comes with roof rails for securing your mountain bike, camping supplies, or hang glider — based on how ACTIV you want your Instagram to be.

Chevrolet also set the tiny crossover up with a leather steering wheel and heated leatherette front seats.

For $ 16,945, Basic Motors will sell you a manual transmission ACTIV with a with 7-inch infotainment method, backup camera, steering controls, and a few other factors the Spark LS lacks. If you don’t want a clutch, the Spark CUV with a CVT is $ 18,045.

That may well sound like a lot compared to the $ 13,535 MSRP of the base LS but, at that cost, you are missing out on all the previously pointed out goodies and critical things like cruise handle. A similarly equipped 2LT is roughly the exact same, if not slightly more high-priced than the ACTIV.

Chevrolet estimates the 1.four-liter Ecotec engine with the CVT is capable of 30 miles to the gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. The manual is practically as very good at 29 city/37 highway.

Chevy Spark ACTIV image: General Motors

While Chevy’s intent here was clearly to capitalize on the sales achievement of crossover vehicles and make the Spark look more woodsy, it might’ve truly produced a superior city car by accident. Black molding scratches greater than paint and that .4 inches could be just enough to help your subcompact crawl more than a low curb.

General Motors says the Spark ACTIV will be show up on dealer lots in the very first quarter of 2017.

[Photos: General Motors]

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2017 Mini JCW Clubman: Far more Power and Grip to Lure the Crossover Set

MINI JCW Clubman

Obtaining been a player in the tiny vehicle category because its 2001 reboot, Mini now seeks to take on the burgeoning premium sporty compact segment with this, the new John Cooper Operates Clubman.

With sales of the Mini brand reaching only nine-tenths of its 2013 higher in the U.S. last year, will this model bait new consumers into the brand’s retina-searing showrooms?

Like most siblings, the newest offspring gets some hand-me-downs but enjoys some new toys not shared with its older brothers.

The JCW Clubman squeezes 228 horsepower out of its turbocharged two.-liter four-cylinder, along with a comparatively brawny 258 lb-ft when compared to its far more mundane brethren. This energy will be shuttled by means of a standard all-wheel-drive technique offered by Mini’s in-shop brand of ALL4. “Nyah-nyah”, says this Mini to its older Clubman brothers, who make do with 134 hp in Cooper trim or 189 hp in slightly more high-priced Cooper S trim.

Seeking closer, the JCW Clubman reveals its parent’s capacity to recycle things employed by its older siblings. The identical two transmissions will be on supply — a standard six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic — whilst the special barn-doored body is adorned with the common frippery associated with JCW editions. This indicates 18-inch wheels are along for the ride plus a more aggressive body kit that suggests much better engine and brake cooling. The new kid is hefty like his brothers too — around three,500 lbs. Nonetheless, with the newfound power on tap, it is expected to total the -60 mile per hour dash in about 6 seconds.

2017 MINI JCW Clubman

Subcompact crossover sales far more than doubled in 2015, stirring up the marketplace and giving automakers an entry point with younger buyers. A survey by Strategic Vision Inc. suggests the no-little ones/beneath-45 buyer set accounts for about a quarter of the sales in this segment (compared to much less than 20 percent for the business overall). Buyers also are surfacing from the other end of the spectrum, such as Boomers who no longer need to schlep youngsters around in a huge crossover or SUV. No doubt Mini desires a piece of that pie, as well.

Feel the term “subcompact crossover” and “Clubman” shouldn’t be combined in the identical sentence? You are right, of course, in terms of height: Buick’s Encore towers practically ten-inches above the Clubman. Nevertheless, this new JCW is within an inch of length and width (168.3 inches &amp 70.9 inches, respectively) when compared to the Encore, a model which, it must be noted, counts a lot of of its buyers as conquests from other brands. Mini’s own Countryman is about 5 inches taller than the Clubman, but is half a foot shorter in length.

The new model, then, provides Mini sales employees yet yet another all-wheel-drive selection to pitch at the swiftly growing chorus of buyers who want their traction with a dash of action.

The 2017 Mini John Cooper Functions Clubman is scheduled to go on sale this December.

[Photos: BMW of North America]

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TTAC News Round-up: Müller May possibly Be On The Hot Seat, Crossover Racing, and Mazda’s CX-four


Porsche-Piech household is standing behind their man — which completely is not the kiss of death, proper?

That, Toyota’s entirely nuts and it’s great and Mazda’s CX-four breaks cover … right after the break!

Matthias Müller

Porsche-Piech loved ones says Müller is their man, for now

After a especially disastrous trip to the United States, Volkswagen’s controlling family members told sources it would stand behind Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller, Reuters reported (through Automotive News).

According to the report, doubts are developing within the Volkswagen board as to regardless of whether the former Porsche boss is up to the activity of digging the German automaker out of the biggest crisis in its history. Volkswagen denied these reports.

Volkswagen’s supervisory board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to hear progress on the automaker’s internal investigation.

Volkswagen has been criticized for being as well slow to act and as well slow to fix its illegally polluting vehicles.


Toyota has lost their damn minds and it is excellent

Toyota stated this weekend that its new C-HR crossover (which’ll come Stateside as a Scion) will race at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in May because why the hell not.

Toyota Gazoo Racing will field the crossover alongside a Lexus RC and RC F for the endurance race in Germany.

It is unclear what will energy the C-HR at the race in May possibly — the production version will most likely be a hybrid, but that sort of racing tech would be wildly high-priced to create overnight — when requires a stab at the 24-hour race. We’ll likely get a chance to see what standard men and women can get in March when Toyota reveals a production version in Geneva, and Scion’s version in New York.


Is this the Mazda CX-4?

Our friends more than at Auto Guide discovered snaps of a Mazda CX-four hiding in plain sight over in China.

The “tweener” crossover among the subcompact CX-three and midsize CX-5 looks to be pretty close to the Koeru notion we saw final year — albeit with some smoother angles and smaller wheels.

It’s achievable that we see the CX-four on sale sooner rather than later if these shots are to be believed. It appears ready for prime time to me.

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