After we saw several concept vehicles, Toyota finally made an introduction for its subcompact crossover called Toyota C-HR. This intriguing, coupe-like crossover with aggressive, concept-like styling was initially intended for the European market only and production version for this market was presented at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show. But even Toyota hasn’t predicted this model’s instant success and many other markets showed their interest for Toyota’s Coupe- High Rider. Therefore, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the production version for the North American market. The model will arrive as the 2018 Toyota C-HR and let’s see what it has to offer except its aggressive styling.
2018 Toyota C-HR: Platform, Design
Toyota may be entered a bit late to the subcompact crossover class but it got all attention it needs. The 2018 Toyota C-HR is the newest entry in this fast-growing category but Toyota entered in style.
What nobody can definitely ignore about this model is its dramatic styling. It is may be polarizing, intriguing, aggressive or unexpected but it definitely arrested all attention. From every point of view, this model shows sharp lines and shapes and it becomes an adventure exploring all its exterior details.
On the model’s front fascia, we can recognize some similarities with the RAV4 but on the C-HR everything is exaggerated. The model has headlights that extend almost all way back to the base of the front pillar while boomerang-shaped taillights can be seen on the rear end. It also includes heavily sculpted fenders and dynamic line which runs over the door panels. The model also has coupe-like roof line, blacked-out rear pillars and rear spoiler which also add to its dramatic look.
This heavily sculpted body sits on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) which debuted on the 2016 Prius. This flexible platform allows conventional and hybrid powertrains and also features lightweight structure.
Inside, the C-HR will be slightly less radical than from outside but it looks stylish and what’s more important Toyota used the space well. Front seats are supportive and provide long-ride comfort. Around them, buyers will find lots of storage compartments and cup holders as well. The rear seats will offer long ride comfort for two while three adults can have a problem to seat comfortably.
On the other hand, in front of the front passengers is well-designed dash which includes a 7-inch center screen, three-spoke steering wheel and unique knobs and controls. The combination of gloss and matt finishes with the addition of chrome or blue accents also give the dash modern look.
What features it offers:
The C-HR will be available in two trims, the XLE and Premium XLE. The first will include a rearview camera, touch-screen audio, full power accessories, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, etc. The upper trim level will add push-button start, heated front seats, power adjustable driver seat, blind-spot monitors, etc.
In terms of safety, all models will have lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, forward collision warning, emergency braking, automatic headlights and 10 airbags.
2018 Toyota C-HR: Powertrain
The 2018 Toyota C-HR will arrive at the US with the single engine option. A naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline-4 unit can produce 144 hp and maximum torque of 140 lb-ft. The power goes to the front wheels via the continuously variable transmission which has 7 simulated gears. The engine uses variable valve timing bit don’t include direct injection.
In the US, the buyers won’t, unfortunately, get a 1.2-liter turbo four-cylinder engine which will power Euro-spec models. It can produce 114 hp and peak torque of 136 lb-ft is available from 1500 rpm to 4000 rpm. This engine will work in combination with either six-speed manual transmission or CVT. Available in Europe will also be a 1.8-liter petrol/electric powertrain form the Prius. It can produce 120 hp.
2018 Toyota C-HR: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Toyota C-HR will arrive this spring. The prices for the US haven’t been unveiled. In Europe, the 1.2-liter models start from 20.990 euros while the hybrid models are available from 27.500.