Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2018 Toyota C-HR: First Impressions

The first time anyone heard of the Toyota C-HR was as a concept at the 2014 Frankfurt Auto Show. Rumors circulated that the compact SUV would be built, but then it was shelved, only to reappear at auto shows again in 2016, this time confirmed as a production model. After multiple delays and ample anticipation, it looks like it's getting much closer to Bell Road Toyota and the drivers we serve in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. 

The "Coupe High Rider" lives up to its name. It has a coupe shape combined with the ride height of a crossover. Its design won't be to everyone's tastes. It's not as conservative as the Toyota Highlander or Toyota RAV4 (which might be due, in part, to the fact that it was originally slated for the now-defunct Scion division). Unusually for a crossover, no AWD version is in the works right now. As with the other Scion-derived models (the Toyota Corolla iM and the Toyota Yaris iA), its trims will be limited (XLE and XLE Premium, in this case), and each will be what are called "monospec" models. In other words, what you see is what you get.

Luckily, what you get is fully loaded. We're expecting a active safety features on at least the XLE Premium trim, alongside driver assist features, AM/FM/HD radio, and Toyota Entune infotainment system. The driving experience should be fun, thanks to the stiff body, low center of gravity, and a powertrain underpinned by a 144 horsepower engine.

No release date has been set, but we're anticipating the first models to arrive at the Bell Road Toyota showroom some time this summer as a 2018 model. Given its unique looks, a robust feature set, and the usual reliability you'd get from a new Toyota SUV, we expect to see a lot of the 2018 Toyota C-HR in the years ahead, here in Phoenix and across the country. To find out more, visit us today at 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix.

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