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.Initially 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.There’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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