SUVs are known more for their functionality than their performance and design. But what would you say about an SUV that combines the best aspects of these three elements? At the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Scion is presenting an SUV that boasts of having this trifecta -- the Scion C-HR Concept -- which stands for "Compact size and High Ride height."
This model is conceived for young urban creatives or “yuccies,” who yearn for vehicles with an outstanding yet distinctive design. Yuccies typically see SUVs as boring, lacking emotion and not appropriate for their modern lifestyle.
During their research, designers found out that participants have taken a liking to images of objects that combine form and function, namely: sleek chopsticks made from recycled materials, a cutting board with grid lines for precise slicing, and an earthy but modern terrarium.
Thus, Toyota’s international design team sought to make the C-HR stand out in terms of styling but they also wanted to bolster its role as an urban lifestyle vehicle. Its cabin is inspired by a diamond with sheered sides – precise and sharply shaped.
Likewise, when viewed from above, the C-HR features diamond points on the front, rear and sides – thereby providing a clear view of the SUV's round fender flares visible. On the other hand, the C-HR features a sensual yet emotional lower body and a chiseled cabin that provides ample protection for the occupants inside.
The SUV concept features graphite black accents on the grille, fender flares, rear bumper and lower side panels – conveying the C-HR's strength and stance. Moreover, the concept features an all-piano black roof, which reinforces its already sleek and stylish profile.
Accentuating the C-HR's cut gem theme are its 21-inch wheels, which have spokes with chiseled cut-outs. Underpinning this SUV concept is Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), a highly flexible modular platform that allows the carmaker to create numerous products at lower costs and greater efficiency.
TNGA allows for a lower center of gravity and a more rigid body, as well as more responsive handling and enhanced ride comfort. Since a more rigid body means lesser body movement and roll during cornering, occupants would experience a smooth and comfortable ride without sacrificing performance.
According to Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland, the C-HR Concept embraces Scion's reputation for doing things differently and wears it like a badge of honor. On the other hand, C-HR Chief Engineer Hiro Koba remarked that while the concept features a high ride height, their focus to create a fantastic urban driving car.
Speaking for himself, Koba said he enjoys the race track during weekends and he would want a car that he would enjoy driving in the city during weekdays.
He described that vehicle as having refined driving comfort, precise steering and responsive. Gilleland, meanwhile, remarked that the C-HR will be a stand-out vehicle for Scion. He said they expect the SUV’s styling to “lead the way” but that its “substance will seal the deal.”