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Toyota has an all-new crossover ready to invade the crowded segment.
The 2017 Toyota C-HR was originally supposed to arrive in North America as a Scion model, but now that the brand has been axed, it will be sold as a Toyota. Built on the Japanese automaker’s new TNGA modular platform that was introduced on the new Prius, the C-HR will actually be offered as hybrid. Yes, it’s the same powertrain as the Prius with a 1.8-liter paired to an electric motor to provide a total system output of 122 horsepower.
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Toyota will also offer the C-HR with a 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 155 hp, paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or CVT. In addition, the company plans to offer a 2.0-liter mill for select markets, which will likely be the engine available in the U.S. while the smaller 1.2-liter engine is sold in Europe.
Overall, the 2017 Toyota C-HR is stylish, with a sporty coupe design. The company claims it won’t be boring to drive either, with a low center of gravity and multi-link rear suspension.
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