Toyota 'Considering' C-HR With AWD but Can't Make It Work As-Is

Toyota's spunky little crossover would need serious re-engineering to make all-wheel-drive work,though it seemingly might get it.

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A Toyota spokesperson revealed at the 2019 Denver Auto Show that the company has considered,but would be challenged to make an all-wheel-drive version of its subcompact C-HR crossover.

Originally a Scion project,the C-HR was appropriated as a Toyota product when the youth-oriented marque was deemed a failure and discontinued in February of 2016.It was envisioned as a small,affordable lifestyle vehicle with a crossover-coupe body style meant to appeal to a younger demographic.Most importantly,Toyota saw the C-HR as an exclusively urban vehicle and only sells it with front-wheel-drive which,compared to all-wheel-drive,is lighter,more efficient,and cheaper to produce.Nevertheless,soaring consumer interest in AWDhas Toyota regretting that it didn't design the C-HR to be more compatible with the system.

“我想在事后,it'd be nice to have an all-wheel-drive in one of those,and I know we're considering that—I don't know where we are in the process," said Toyota spokesperson David Lee on Wednesday,during the same presentation that heconfirmed a 万博体育怎么充值new generation of Toyota's full-size Tundra pickup to be in development.

"The engine that currently resides in that car is not compatible with our all-wheel-drive systems,so we need to either engineer the all-wheel-drive side of it,or figure a 万博体育怎么充值new power plant,or a different one,perhaps," continued Lee."That is something we've had under study for a while,but I gotta be honest with you,I don't know where we stand in that situation,but being a Denver resident,here,I would hope we would have it at some point in time.It'd really broaden that car's appeal,it's a great vehicle."

C-HRs sold in North America are powered by a 2.0-liter,naturally aspirated 3ZR-FAE four-cylinder engine,which doesn't bolt up to any current Toyota AWD system.Some C-HRs sold internationally do have AWD,but only as paired with a smaller,turbocharged 1.2-liter engine,one unavailable in the U.S.

While nothing obvious stands in the way of Toyota homologating the 1.2-liter engine with American authorities,the combination of low displacement and AWD would make C-HRs equipped with this combo dreadfully slow;an acceleration test conducted byCar Questiondepicts this spec of C-HR doing 0-to-60 in about 12 seconds,and in a country where pizzas are free if not delivered in a half-hour,that's simply too slow to work.If only the600-horsepower C-HR R-Tunedwas a showroom model.