We examine how the new Toyota C-HR’s TNGA platform endows our newly revised crossover with engaging driving dynamics and enhanced levels of active and passive safety systems.
2020 Toyota C-HR: driving dynamics
At the heart of the C-HR is a version of our TNGA platform specially adapted to suit the requirements of a C-segment crossover. Known as GA-C, the platform provides high rigidity and an unusually low centre of gravity for the class. In turn, the low centre of gravity provides the C-HR with car-like responses that are linear to driver inputs and therefore more engaging.
Versions specified with the higher performance 2.0-litre hybrid system are equipped with new suspension components. These are specially tuned to maximise the vehicle’s handling potential and deliver enhanced stability.
The new C-HR offers a more serene cabin ambience, even at motorway speeds
Similarly, when assessing the entire vehicle for this mid-life revision, our engineers identified 11 locations where improvements could be made in further isolating the cabin from the outside world. New seals and strategically placed insulation and noise absorption pads have reduced the penetration of unwanted sounds, while the physical installation of the engine actively suppresses the transmission of noise and vibrations through the chassis. Even the tyres have been specially chosen for their quiet behaviour.
Overall, the new Toyota C-HR offers a more serene cabin ambience, even at motorway speeds, allowing occupants to better enjoy conversations, music or relax in silence.
2020 Toyota C-HR: enhanced active safety
An additional quality of the TNGA platform is its inherent safety performance. In fact, its construction either meets or exceeds the most stringent passive safety standards set by independent crash test programmes.
Active measures are becoming increasingly important, and in this respect Toyota is continuing its commitment to democratise its advanced safety equipment. Which is why the comprehensive Toyota Safety Sense system (TSS) is applied across the C-HR range. TSS is a suite of technologies that can reduce driver fatigue, actively help prevent collisions and mitigate the consequences if an impact is unavoidable.
Read more: Toyota Safety Sense systems explained
Standard TSS features therefore include a Pre-Collision System pedestrian recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.
Mid-range Design models are additionally equipped with Intelligent Clearance Sonar with front and rear parking sensors, while top-of-the-range Excel and Dynamic models also benefit from Rear Cross Traffic Alert with auto braking function and an Adaptive Front-light System. A number of these extra systems can be fitted as optional extras in entry-level Icon models.
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