NEWS

Scion C-HR Concept: First Look

Concept_Scion_C-HR_OEM_4 copy.jpg Scion C-HR Concept; | Manufacturer image

Looks like: Its tall height, angular face and beady-eyed headlights give it the look of an awkward yet angry alien.

Defining characteristics: Painfully sharp body creases, enormous wheels

Ridiculous features: Exterior lighting — in front, there’s LED light-pipe headlights in a crop-circle formation. In back, the boomerang-shaped headlights emulate wings.

Chance of being mass-produced: The production version will debut in 2016.

Scion’s newest concept may look otherworldly, but it’s very much a real car. Scion announced that the C-HR concept will spawn a production vehicle, and it looks like the automaker is planning to jump into the subcompact SUV class — one of this year’s most popular segments. The C-HR concept stands for Compact size and High Ride height and was designed for young, urban and creative people, or “yuccies,” according to Scion.

More 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The C-HR’s extreme design is sure to be thought of as yucky by some, with its squat profile, stretched angles, creased lines and bizarre taillights. It rides on 21-inch wheels that feature chiseled cutouts of the car’s profile. It wears a lot of black; the grille, rear bumper, fender flares and lower side panels are all trimmed in graphite, matching the all-black roof.

The automaker is fully aware of the concept’s non-traditional styling. “Scion is known for doing things differently, and maybe even being a little weird. This C-HR concept embraces that idea and wears it like a badge of honor,” Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland said in a statement.

Scion didn’t release any powertrain or interior features information, but it did say the C-HR rides on a new platform, Toyota’s New Global Architecture. Toyota says the new platform will produce vehicles with a lower center of gravity, increased body rigidity, more responsive handling and improved ride comfort.

Scion didn’t say when the C-HR will go on sale, but said the production version will make its debut in 2016.

Latest expert reviews