The new CH-R wagon has been moved to the Toyota lineup
It seems like just another quiet night in the big city. But that’s when your trusty gumshoe gets down and dirty digging up the news.
C-HR actually does not bridge the gap between Corolla and RAV4: The Spymaster has had a good look at what was to be the next Scion model, but with the brand’s 2016 demise in, the new CH-R wagon has been moved to the Toyota lineup. As such, it’s not exactly a sub-model to the RAV4, which is really what Toyota needs. The C-HR’s looks are an odd assortment of creases and squiggles that one auto reviewer described as “astonishing”. Nevertheless, the little wagon should draw in a younger audience, or those who find the Nissan Juke, Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade too conservative for their liking. Since both of those choices can be had with allwheel-drive, it’s surprising that the CH-R will only come with front-wheel-drive. Another shocker is neither a navigation system or a power-operated sunroof are on the option sheet. The good news is that the standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine makes a respectable 144 horsepower, which should be enough to make the C-HR a respectable performer. The base price in the mid-to-upper-$20,000 range includes lots of standard content, which is another plus.
TOYOTA The Toyota C-HR isn’t exactly a gap-filler between the Corolla and the RAV4, which is probably what the brand really needs.