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2018 Toyota C-HR brings a dose of Scion to a new generation

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Toyota has no plans to leave behind the funky crossover segment, even though Scion is now closed. Enter the 2018 C-HR, which debuted in US-spec Thursday at the Los Angeles auto show.

We've seen the styling many times before, thanks to multiple concepts and more recently the production-ready variant at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The interior also remains the same as seen before, with the dashboard and controls slightly angled toward the driver.

While other parts of the world will have two engines choices to choose from – a 1.2-liter turbocharged unit and a hybrid model with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder motor – the vehicle will be sold, at least in the beginning, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the US. The engine is matched to an all-new CVT and sends 144 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. On paper, the C-HR lines up with the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.

The C-HR hits dealerships next spring and will come in XLE and XLE Premium trims. Standard features on the XLE include a leather steering wheel, heated mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The XLE Premium adds heated front seats, blind-spot monitor, puddle lamps on the side mirrors that project "Toyota C-HR" onto the ground, and more. The CUV, regardless of trim, comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display and the automaker's Toyota Safety Sense P, which boasts radar cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and more, as standard.

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