Here's The Production Toyota C-HR: Whatever You Do, Don't Call It A Juke


It looks better than that.

Toyota's new C-HR crossover seems to be the physicalmanifestation of Scion living vicariously through its parent company followingits disbanding. Yes, it has a new badge but we doubt much has changed since we first saw this quirky SUV in the metal back in November at the LA Auto Show. The C-HR is built on the Prius platform but that's where the similarities end. Wait, that's a lie. Europe's powertrain offerings include a 1.8-liter hybrid good for 120 horsepower. There's also a 1.2-liter turbo which has 130 hp and a six-speed manual on offer.

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There's no word on what America will be offered but expect something more boring and mated to a CVT. Is it possible to wedge the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from the RAV4 (good for 176 horsepower) into this thing? Probably not, so expect something like the Prius V's hybrid setup which consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated to a CVT that's good for 134 horsepower. All engine concerns aside, the styling is the best part of the C-HR. It appears to have taken some inspiration from the Nissan Juke. However it takes its own shape, which pays off. The wheel arches are beefy and it rides high. Yeah, it looks a little Juke-y and those tail lights look like they were stolen from the new Honda Civic but so what!

When the Juke first hit the scene people didn't know what to think. Toyota is certainly late to the game but that shouldn't stop the C-HR from being a sales hit. Whether it's fun to drive is another thing entire. Please, Toyota, let TRD play around with this thing. At the very least let's get a rally version.