2018 Toyota C-HR compact crossover a Hybrid? Can it be?


For a while now there have been something cooking in the pot over at the Toyota company. Apparently, the vehicle in question or the crossover in question was supposed to be a lifesaving raft for Scion, but Toyota decided to withhold it for themselves. Images of the C-HR concept leaked two years ago, but very few of concept vehicles made it to auto shows before their production version debuted at the Geneva Auto Show this year.

There have been a lot of talks about the C-HR concept from Toyota and lot more about a certain hybrid powertrain that has been in the prep for it but without much details. Now we have seen the Toyota compact C-HR with the specs for Japanese markets. What we can tell you right off the bat is that this very nice looking concept has lost little to none while undergoing a transition from concept to reality. The same goes for the hybrid powertrain that is supposed to power it, well at least in Japan.

Base models of C-HR crossover will be equipped with the engine (1.2-liter turbocharged) that is featured in last year Toyota Auris, while the hybrid is supposed to use 1.8-liter four cylinder engine most likely from the Prius but with some adjustments for the C-HR in specific. For the US market, as you may or may not know, the Auris is sold under the name Corolla iM but without the 1.2-liter turbo engine. Because of this, we think that when the C-HR hits the US market, it will first come without the hybrid powertrain and most likely with 1.8-liter four-cylinder paired with the CVT.


What is now an essential part of Toyota cars is its Safety Sense P Collision Mitigation system that packs pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, automatic high beams and lane departure warnings. It is the same setup as those that can be found on the latest 2017 RAV4 crossover, and that is why its very likely that it will be carried over to the C-HR models on the US market, more details on this will come probably this fall.

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Miloš Kalajdžić
My name is Miloš Kalajdžić and I come from Brčko DC in Bosnia. I was born on July 20 th 1988 and so far I obtained a BSc in economics and one year of working experience in my field of study. I am a very hard-working person who leaves nothing unfinished and halfway done. When I commit to something I give my best to make sure that everything is done the way as it is supposed to be. I like cars and everything that comes with them. My passion are American muscle cars, but unfortunately the closest I managed to come near one is behind my laptop watching an image of the new Chevy or Dodge and writing about it. But that’s ok I’m still optimistic. When I’m not behind the laptop writing I’m on the streets and auto shows admiring all stuff rolling on four wheels being propelled by a petrol engine!