Toyota C-HR Powertrain Details Revealed in Paris

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
toyota c hr powertrain details revealed in paris

Toyota first showed off its funky C-HR small crossover at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, but it waited until Paris to reveal the model’s powertrain lineup.

Unlike its Nissan Juke competitor, don’t expect a high-performance C-HR when the model bows in 2017. At least, not just yet.

While the C-HR is poised to leap into the competitive subcompact crossover market, Toyota has stayed fairly tight-lipped about the model, which first appeared as a Scion-badged concept vehicle in North America.

Thanks to Carscoops, we now know that the C-HR will bow with three engine choices, one of them certainly not bound for North America. The big news is the C-HR will bring a hybrid option to the growing vehicle segment.

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated to an electric motor produces a combined 120 horsepower, and can be had with front- or all-wheel drive. The crossover’s 1.2-liter turbocharged gas engine makes 114 hp, but don’t expect to see that Euro-friendly mill offered on this continent.

Topping the range is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder serving up 142 hp, offered with a continuously variable transmission. That engine is available to select markets, though it’s a shoe-in for North America. These power numbers are European figures, so output could change somewhat when it arrives stateside. When that will be is anyone’s guess, as Toyota hasn’t announced when we’ll see the C-HR land in dealer lots.

There’s a possibility of a hotter C-HR sometime in the future. The vehicle’s chief engineer, Hiroyuki Koba, wants a

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Sep 29, 2016

    The Kia Niro can't arrive soon enough.

    • Old Man Pants Old Man Pants on Sep 30, 2016

      I unfortunately see precious little ergonomic, ride height or sightline differences between the Niro and Sportage. More than anything, the photos of the Niro resemble a 10 year-old Rio5.

  • Slavuta Slavuta on Sep 29, 2016

    I like a car like this. And for a moment I thought, "give me this 2L with manual and I take it". But then I remembered how Toyota clutch and manual shifter feel - oh well. TBD, likely NOT. If hot version arrives by that time, I'll look at it.

    • Sigivald Sigivald on Sep 29, 2016

      Hot version? This is Toyota, sir. There is no "hot version".

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Sep 29, 2016

    Whose tastes are the new TMC's being styled for? Can we get them an eye exam? I am not normally over sensitive to a vehicles style or design elements, more focused on driveline, suspension and interior comfort/utility, but ... NO. Please; stop buying new Toyota's until they fire whoever is doing this. If it were just the stupid scoops and grill, fine, it's a prototype. But those headlights, side creases and TAIL LIGHTS are going to be there for as long as it takes for dead sales #'s to make a difference. They're dropping Prius hybrids to deny the restyle is killing sales, the designer must be very important to get this much cover. NOTHING that looks like this will sell well. Put those stupid design elements on a Supra, and it will gather dust in the corner of the dealership.

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    • 05lgt 05lgt on Sep 30, 2016

      @Old Man Pants You and Akio both need a Phantom Edit. Where's Kevin Smith?

  • StarAZ StarAZ on Sep 30, 2016

    The photo reminds of that dude in gym who skips leg day lol