Sleek, muscular, efficient, and more importantly, now production-ready, the Toyota C-HR is truly a sight to behold. The hybrid subcompact crossover was unveiled at the recent 2016 Paris Motor Show, much to the delight of fans who’ve been following the concept vehicle since its first sighting in 2014. Now, the concept has become reality.
The Toyota C-HR – “Coupe – High Rider” – combines the slim, sporty profile of a coupe with the proportions and raised lower body of an SUV. The resulting mixture of design philosophies is very evident the moment you lay your eyes on the vehicle.
The CH-R’s front styling is an easily recognizable Toyota current-gen facade, with the rest of its features and detailing leaning towards what Toyota calls “Sensual Tech” design language, a unique “expressive visual signature.” In layman’s terms, that statement translates into “Honda-esque”, as noted by some car enthusiast blogs.
For the CH-R’s engine choices: a 1.8-liter hybrid unit (120hp, 82g/km CO2 emissions) or a 1.2-liter turbo engine (114hp), available with FWD or 4WD. The FWD version is manual, while the 4WD model runs with CVT.
Interiors-wise, the CH-R has an 8-inch touchscreen bearing the company’s Touch 2 multimedia platform. A premium JBL audio system serves to deliver top-notch tunes to its passengers as well. As for the color scheme, it’s mostly a black and satin silver affair, providing needed contrast to the car’s futuristic, blue-trimmed dashboard.
Safety features built into every CH-R include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Road Sign Assist and a Pre-Collision System with a pedestrian warning.