Toyota C-HR Unveiled; US Fans Disappointed

Slick Crossover – Too Cool To Own!

Toyota recently revealed its newly updated C-HR – alas, it won’t be made available to Americans. This distinctive crossover has caught the eye of many with its showstopping exterior design, packed full of top-notch technology and electrified drivetrains. Thus, US consumers’ appetite for crossovers will continue going untapped. What exactly are they missing out on?

A selection of hybrid and plug-in hybrid motors will be at the beginning. The latest C-HR will have four electrically-altered drivetrains to pick from. Of these, the 2.0L PHEV might likely be the most noteworthy, and as per Toyota, this engine could alone cover a distance of up to 41 miles (according to WLTP’s estimation) employing only battery energy. Geofencing technology incorporated in vehicles outfitted with this motor could switch to electric mode when the car arrives in an area with low emission limits.

In addition to the 1.8-liter hybrid option, another alternative is a 2.0-liter hybrid engine, coupled with an all-wheel drive. An electrically-powered version is likely to be released afterwards.

Toyota has yet to unveil the power outputs, yet the firm states that the PHEV uses the same 1.8-liter hybrid engine found in the Corolla Hybrid. Thus, an approximated 138 horsepower is anticipated. Our verdict is that this powertrain is possibly the same one employed in the recently released fuel-economical Prius Prime with 220 horsepower – a remarkably sprightly vehicle.

Aesthetically, Toyota doesn’t deviate much from the design of the Prologue Concept which was presented in 2020; pronounced C-shaped headlights meld into the black outlining at the anterior end of the car. The angular theme continues to flow along the sides of the vehicle where you’ll find flush door handles – a new entrance to the market for the Toyota line.

The sensational two-tone paintwork showcased in this image is undeniably the standout characteristic of this automobile, with the top, tailgate, rear bumper, back wings, and flanks painted in a striking dark shade. In addition, purchasers can take advantage of optional 20 inch wheels.

Toyota has paid great attention to creating a “seamless look” with the CH-R. Its sharp lines are sure to make the Germans envious, while its headlight washers, cameras, and radar systems have been cleverly hidden away.

Inside certain models, a 12.3-inch driver’s display is present, which can be personalized to fit either the user’s requirements or the particular trip. Depending on the chosen trim, one can acquire either an 8-inch touchscreen or a 12.3-inch version featuring wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice control.

The system also provides relevant details connected to the electric engine and can even identify charging spots if your PHEV needs a recharge. An exclusive application will grant proprietors the ability to manage the air conditioner or switch on the engine from their cellular phones. Toyota claims they will bring forth an app which allows for remote parking with the driver not present in the car.

The C-HR is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, the most up to date suite of driver assistance systems featuring new components. Such components include Acceleration Suppression, curtailing any rapid acceleration movements when the vehicle spots a probability of an accident happening. Safe Exit Assist has been added to assist cyclists and pedestrians from doors sudden opened at speed.

Bookings for the all-new C-HR are open to Europeans; two Premiere Edition models will be presented at its introduction. With specious GR styling details, this range includes a mesh grille design, 20-inch rims and headrests emblazoned with the GR logo. Required Silver coupled with the dual-tone paintwork is the keynote shade, but a variety of alternatives is available too.

The Top Prime Edition gets the distinctive dual tone Sulphur exterior as its dominant look. Additionally, this model is equipped with ventilated leather seats, a head-up display, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

In the intensely competitive European compact crossover sector, the new C-HR is certainly set to stand out, thanks to its fashionable design, efficient engines, and plentiful features.

In the US, the Corolla Cross will fill the gap that was left by the loss of the C-HR.

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