- C-HR – fresh take on crossover market
- Coupe-like styling, 85kW 1.2 turbopetrol engine
- Revised version of Toyota’s ‘new global architecture’
Hot on the tail of the South African launch of the latest Toyota Hilux comes news from the 2016 Geneva auto show of another new model – but a Toyota the likes of which we haven’t before seen.
And it will arrive in South Africa in early 2017.
It’s the C-HR, aimed at the crossover market and, Toyota says, “designed to stand out both within the Toyota line-up and in its segment”. An in-the-metal example, the automaker adds, of Akio Toyoda’s “determination to allow greater stylistic freedom and promote engineering creativity to achieve eye-catching designs and enhanced driving pleasure”.
As we said in the intro, you ain’t seen nuthin’ like it from the Stetson hat-badged-brand. Vehicle design, powertrain and dynamics developers were, it seems, given free rein to deliver a fresh take on the increasingly popular compact crossover segment.
The C-HR is the production version of concept Toyotas shown at Paris in 2014 and Frankfurt in 2015. “Its coupe-like lines,” Toyota told The Corner in a media release, “testify to the resolve of designers to create a stand-out style and a new direction among mid-sized crossovers.”
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The driving dynamics are, Toyota explains, based on the precision and control of a C-segment hatchback’s low centre of gravity to carry speed through curves through excellent body control and steering fluidity, no matter the surface beneath it.
“The C-HR,” Toyota says, “introduces a distinctive body with a diamond architectural theme, wheel arches projecting prominently to emphasise the new crossover’s strength and rigidity. Raised ground clearance comes with the slim-‘n-sleek profile of a coupe.”
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The lights use diode illumination; the enhanced three-dimensional bumper, wheel flares and trapezoidal lower grille “reinforce the C-HR’s wide, firmly planted, stance”. Rear door releases are camouflaged to emphasise the coupe profile.
Driving the C-HR will be a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, 85kW, turbocharged engine punching out 85kW/185Nm, the latter figure arriving at 1500rpm and staying there until the tacho reads 4000.
A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard or tick a continuously variable box.
South African specs will be confirmed early in 2017. Carman’s Corner will let you know…