The all-new Toyota C-HR is designed to stand out, both within the Toyota line-up and the crossover market.
Its striking, coupe-like design remains remarkably true to the concept first revealed at the Paris motor show in 2014 – a testimony of Toyota’s determination to promote greater stylistic and engineering freedom within its development teams.
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Throughout the development process, chief engineer Hiroyuki Koba set high benchmarks for design and perceived quality, targeting a clear and singular customer profile. The Toyota C-HR is for people who are driven by emotional considerations, who crave individuality and seek to be the first to try new experiences and products.
Key to the unique character of C-HR is the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, the flexibility of which enabled its development teams to create such a fresh product in what has become an increasingly commoditised crossover segment.
New design direction for the crossover segment
The Toyota C-HR’s distinctive styling brings a new dynamism and sensual quality to the crossover market in its combination of a coupe-like upper body with the powerful underpinnings of an SUV.
Developed under the concept of ‘Sensual Speed Cross,’ the diamond-shape architecture offers gem-like facets and fluid surface treatment. Together these create a delicate balance of precision and sensuality.
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The Toyota C-HR cabin is airy, spacious and welcoming, the layered architecture creating a focused area around the driver.
In a new departure for Toyota, the interior follows a ‘Sensual Tech’ design concept, which combines high-tech functionality with a sensual, fashionable style. The asymmetric centre console brings all controls within easy reach of the driver, while keeping relevant switchgear accessible for the front seat passenger.
Toyota has targeted class-leading sensory quality, aware of the fact that customers could also be considering premium brand models. A sensory quality team was therefore brought in at the earliest stage of the design process to ensure development focused on component quality and consistency of grain, texture, shape, colour and illumination in every element. This attention to detail even extended to the radii of the seat stitching grooves.
Reinforcing the link to the exterior treatment, diamond motifs and themes are repeated throughout the interior design.
Learn more: Toyota C-HR interior revealed
To meet the demands of its target customers, C-HR offers a wide variety of equipment features. As part of its commitment to make advanced safety equipment widely available, Toyota Safety Sense is provided as standard on all versions.
Toyota Safety Sense includes a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.
Top level models may be specified with heated front seats, a smart entry system, rear privacy glass, bespoke upholstery (including part-leather), parking assistance, 18-inch alloy wheels and bi-tone metallic paintwork.
Learn more: Toyota Safety Sense features explained
C-HR’s engine range is designed to deliver exactly the kind of fluent, engaging driving behaviour its target customers are looking for.
This is most powerfully witnessed in the full hybrid model, the fundamental characteristics of which guarantee smooth running. Lighter and more efficient for sharper performance, the UK-produced 120bhp hybrid powertrain produces CO2 emissions from as low as 82g/km – a figure unrivalled in its class. Combined cycle fuel economy is from 78.5mpg.
C-HR is also available with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, which develops 114bhp and 185Nm torque. It is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or CVT automatic, and with either front- or all-wheel drive. CO2 emissions are from 125g/km and the combined fuel consumption is from 51.4mpg.
Learn more: What engines will be available?
From the outset of C-HR development, tests were conducted on thousands of miles of European roads in order to understand not only the requirements of the road network but also the way Europeans drive.
The TNGA platform’s low centre of gravity and multi-link rear suspension ensures responsive and natural reactions to driver inputs. The steering has also been designed to be perfectly linear, which, together with an optimum limitation of rolling motion, gives C-HR remarkable composure for a crossover.
Learn more: Flowing through urban life with the Toyota C-HR
Concert hall sound
The Toyota C-HR can be equipped with a tailor-made JBL premium audio system. It consists of an eight-channel, 576W stereo amplifier and nine speakers, including two newly patented acoustic JBL wave guides – known as horn tweeters.
JBL audio systems are widely used throughout the world. Indeed, it is estimated that JBL audio systems power 80 per cent of live concerts, 70 per cent of all recording studios and 90 per cent of all THX-certified cinemas.
The partnership between Toyota and JBL started in 1996 and has been successfully expanded since that time.
Learn more: C-HR and JBL – partners in sound
Provisional technical specifications*
|Max. power (bhp/kW @ rpm)||114/85 @ 5,200 – 5,600||120/90 @5,200|
|Max. torque (Nm @ rpm)||185 @ 1,500 – 4,000||142 @ 3,600|
|Transmission||6MT FWD||CVT FWD||CVT AWD||CVT FWD|
|Fuel consumption – combined (mpg)||51.4 to 47.9||48.7||45.6||78.5 to 72.4|
|CO2 emissions – combined (g/km)||125 to 136||134 to 135||143 to 144||82 to 90|
|Front suspension||MacPherson strut with anti-roll bar|
|Rear suspension||Multilink with trailing arm, coil springs and anti-roll bar|
|Type||Rack and pinion, electric power steering|
|Min. turning circle (m)||10.4|
|Front (diameter, mm)||Ventilated discs, 298.5|
|Rear (diameter, mm)||Solid discs, 281|
|Overall length (mm)||4,360|
|Overall width (mm)||1,795|
|Overall height – 1.2T/Hybrid (mm)||1,565/1,555|
|Track – front (mm)||1,550 (16/17in wheel)
1,540 (18in wheel)
|Track – rear (mm)||1,550 (16/17in wheel)
1,540 (18in wheel)
|Load capacity (VDA, l)||377|
* Model specifications and performance data are for international markets. UK-specific information will be announced later.