Toyota takes a radical styling turn with the new C-HR small crossover that made its debut Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s expected to come to the U.S.
The C-HR was shown at the Los Angeles Auto Showlate last year as a Scion. Now that the Scion brand is going away, Toyota has rebadged it for its own division. It will compete in the growing subcompact SUV segment that has rivals like Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and Fiat 500X.
In Geneva, the C-HR picks up many of the same coupe-like styling touches that made it a stand out as a concept. There’s a bold front end, unique LED lights and a wide stance that denotes ruggedness. It should be both roomy and stylish.
For Europe, Toyota is showing it as a hybrid — with an battery electric powered backed by a 1.8-liter gas engine.
The C-HR will be equipped, at least in Europe, with a full suite of safety tech. They will include a system to alert the driver if the car wanders out of its lane, to read road signs, detect pedestrians and keep a safe distance from the car ahead when cruise control is engaged.