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.

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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.

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