The first sighting of the SUV does fuel the speculations further as the crossover is expected to arrive towards the end of this decade in India
At last year’s Paris Motor Show, Toyota took the covers off the radical C-HR (Coupe High-Rider) that competes against Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V in the overseas markets. Standing in accordance with its concept’s design by retaining the funky lines and contours, it is underpinned by the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform.
It is a popular vehicle for Toyota across the globe and its launch rumours have often persisted every now and then. The first sighting of the SUV does fuel the speculations further as the crossover is expected to arrive towards the end of this decade. The range-topping C-HR uses a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder motor developing 142 hp and comes paired with a CVT auto but it is sold only in select markets.
A report suggests the C-HR will be powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine linked with an electric motor for combined mileage of 78.5 mpg (33.37 kmpl) while emitting 82 g/km of CO2 in European cycle. It also comes with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, found in Prius hybrid, and it kicks out 114 hp and 185 Nm of peak torque.
It is coupled with either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic sending power to the front wheels as standard and all-wheel drive system as option. We suspect one of the two hybrid systems will be utilised in India when it goes on sale. On the outside, the attractive overall profile has flowing bodylines with a sleek stance we have not seen on a Toyota sold in India.
The Toyota C-HR measures 4,360 mm in length, 1,795 mm in width and 1,550 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,640 mm. As for the interior, the C-HR adorns an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with Touch 2 multimedia connectivity and uses premium quality materials, piano black and satin silver trim complementing a peculiar dashboard design.
Toyota offers a slew of safety features with the C-HR such as Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Pre-Collision System with pedestrian warning, Road Sign Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, etc. It has received good appreciation internationally for futuristic styling and nimble handling characteristics.
It is expected to rival high-end variants of Jeep Compass, upcoming Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson in the Rs. 23-27 lakh price bracket. It will be the second product to be launched in India based on TNGA architecture after the latest Corolla. It is expected to be successful considering the good sales number Innova Crysta and Fortuner premium vehicles have received.