Look what Scion made: The C-HR Concept is wild

Chris Davies - Nov 18, 2015, 6:01 pm CST
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Look what Scion made: The C-HR Concept is wild

Toyota’s youth courting sub-brand Scion may not be the first company you think of when outlandish cars are mentioned, but the C-HR Concept might change your mind. Revealed today at the LA Auto Show, the aggressively styled CUV is Scion’s idea of a distinctive urban lifestyle vehicle, having been challenged to do anything but bland.

The result is the space buggy you see here, short in its overhangs and high on its 21-inch wheels. Scion says it’s “gemstone”-like in design, with diamond points cut into various body panels and lots of sharp angles.

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Doing their part to soften things are the light contours, which make the lamp clusters more amorphous, while the blacked-out roof keeps the whole thing feeling low despite the relatively high ride height.

Best of all, Scion says the C-HR Concept is actually intended to preview a production car due in 2016. Underneath is Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), which will be used in a number of compact cars from the company.

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That’s been designed with rigidity and a low center of gravity in mind, which should hopefully give future Toyota’s more pulse-jogging performance on the road.

The company says less cornering roll, more responsive handling, and better straight-line stability will be the overall pay-off.

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Exactly how much of the aggressive styling will be carried over, mind, is unclear – my guess is that the big wheels will be the first to go.

Still, Scion needs some fresh thinking rather than just borrowing what others have made, and the C-HR is a good place to start.


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