The Toyota C-HR Makes First U.S. Appearance at the 2016 LA Auto Show

Posted Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 by nhtwpprod

Excitement was in the air as this year’s LA Auto Show kicked off. Among the vehicles on display, one of the ones everyone wanted to see and check out was Toyota’s new C-HR crossover SUV. Toyota had already teased the United States market with a review of the vehicle this spring at the Geneva Auto Show. The C-HR is a hot vehicle design, which is classified as a compact or small SUV.

However, at the time of the Geneva show, details about the U.S. version of the new crossover have been well-kept by Toyota. In fact, before the LA Auto Show, no one knew what engines, model designs, or other features would be included in the U.S. model. Toyota did release a “teaser” picture of the taillight of the C-HR, which had changed slightly from the model on display at the Geneva Auto Show.

The model showcased at the Geneva show featured a 133 HP turbocharged engine, with a hybrid engine option. It is not entirely clear whether these options will be offered in the U.S. model, at this time, and there is speculation Toyota will offer a 2.0-liter engine in the U.S. C-HR model. As the show is currently underway (November 18 – 27, 2016), it will only be a matter of time before further details about Toyota’s hot new crossover will be released.

Other Highlights of the 2016 LA Auto Show

In addition to the C-HR, many automakers rolled out updated designs or newly designed SUVs. With fuel prices holding fairly steady, the SUV market has remained solid, so automakers are giving consumers more options in the coming model years. Guests attending the LA Auto Show were even surprised by new SUV entries from automakers who have traditionally focused on other vehicles and are now further expanding their offerings.

Another common theme was the importation of many models currently on sale in European markets with minor changes and updates for the U.S. Many of these vehicles have experienced success in their respective European markets. Part of their appeal has to do with the eco-friendly designs, fuel efficiencies, and other such features U.S. consumers are starting to demand.

Furthermore, consumers will have a wider selection of hybrid and electric vehicle choices in the coming years. Several automakers were pleased to also showcase design concept vehicles ranging from a fully electric SUV to a wide variety of compact electric models. Even though fuel prices have held steady, consumers still desire better fuel efficiencies and other eco-friendly options to help reduce carbon footprints.

It was also not clear prior to the start of the LA Auto Show whether the C-HR would debut at Toyota dealers in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the U.S as a 2017 or 2018 model year. In the meantime, you can learn more about the C-HR and related updates by visiting North Hollywood Toyota or calling us at 800-800-6730.

 

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