“When Toyota unveiled the C-HR concept model in 2015, it broke the conventional language of compact crossover design – and the production model remains true to that concept’s avant-garde physique, its modern yet comfortable cabin, and its bold, outgoing character,” – Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is designed around the theme of “distinctive diamond”, combining style and strength. The C-HR’s exterior is unique in the compact crossover market – combining a coupe-like sporty upper body with a dynamic lower body and powerful stance. The interplay between the main body and prominent wheel flares presents an iconic diamond profile that stands out from the crowd.
The face is sharp and powerful, designed to look wider than it is and express the C-HR’s dynamic, urban-friendly performance. The profile emphasizes the C-HR’s agile proportions, with powerful wheel arches housing large 17” alloy wheels – accentuating the vehicle’s sturdy posture and compact cabin.
And the rear design, complete with hatch fitted with a lip spoiler and functional top wing, enhances the C-HR’s futuristic look and surprising girth.
The C-HR’s powertrain is built around a punchy 2.0L four cylinder that generates 144 peak horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. This engine – new to North America – is enhanced with Toyota’s latest generation of technologies, including Valvematic, which enables continuously variable valve timing to enhance performance and fuel economy. This gives the C-HR a city/highway/combined fuel efficiency rating of just 8.7 / 7.5 / 8.2 L/100km.
The engine is mated to an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT), which features a world-first coaxial two-port oil pump system that modifies oil pressure in response to various driving conditions. This CVT is equipped with a Sport-mode which, when engaged, increases the responsiveness of the throttle. It also features a simulated seven-speed Sequential Shiftmatic for manual-like driving fun.
A newly-developed MacPherson strut front suspension to help the C-HR’s front end respond quickly and precisely at initial corner turn-in. At the rear, an all-new double-wishbone suspension includes Toyota’s first use of shock absorbers with urethane upper supports to improve passenger comfort, cabin quietness, and vehicle agility.
As a Toyota, every C-HR comes with an impressive list of safety features as standard. These include Toyota Saftey Sense P – a bundle of advanced safety systems including Pre-Collisions System with Pedestrian Detection function, featuring forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking… Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function… Automatic High Beams… and full speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Other features include the six active technologies of the Toyota Star Safety System, 10 standard airbags, hill-start assist control, a backup camera, direct tire pressure monitoring system, and more.
The 2018 Toyota C-HR will go on sale in May and will be available in only two trims: the $24,690 XLE, and the $26,690 XLE Premium. That’s a bit more expensive than some of its competitors, and that’s excluding some of the available colour schemes, which can add up to $795 to the price. You can get a similarly equipped Kia Soul EX for about $21,500, or for about the price of the C-HR you can equip a Nissan Juke with all-wheel drive.
NOTE: The C-HR concept is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) – Toyota’s state of the art approach to platform and powertrain design. TNGA confers an inherent low centre of gravity, high strength, and body rigidity, and low weight to give the C-HR superior handling, whether one is steering, accelerating or braking.
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