Price

Rs. 10 Lakh*

Engine

1496 cc #

Launch Date

June 2018

Fuel Type

Petrol

* Estimated Price  #Expected to be launched in 1496cc engine

Toyota C-HR Preview

The Indian market for automobiles is slowly becoming a snowball of the SUV segment with a new model entering every year. Divided into several co-categories the automakers in this segment are plucking new models from their global portfolio into Indian markets due to increasing competition. One of the world leaders in automobiles “Toyota” is evaluating options to launch models like the Toyota C-HR in India by the second half of 2018 between months of June-August.

The Toyota CH-R which stands for Coupe High-Rider was revealed first at the Paris Motor show in 2014. The C-HR stands on the foundations of Toyota’s new global architecture with a focus on hybrid driving just like the Toyota Prius and will be the first time when this (TNGA) model will be developed in India with the C-HR. Mechanically the C-HR will be powered by a range of petrol hybrid engines and also a diesel one. Due to the introduction of the Toyotas New Global Architecture (TNGA) the C-HR will have some whole new features than those in other Toyota cars such as the Fortuner and Innova Crysta present in India today.

Dimensions and specifications of The Toyota C-HR

Dimensions

Length

4360 mm
Width1565mm
Height1795mm
Wheelbase

2640mm

 

Specifications

Engine

1.2 L Turbo Petrol1.8 L Petrol Hybrid
Power113 BHP168 BHP
Torque184 Nm305 Nm
Transmission6 – Speed manual / CVT Continuous variable transmission (stepless transmission)

CVT automatic

Toyota C-HR Design and Equipment

The TNGA makeover that also underpins Toyota Prius brings about a significant change in the overall design and features in the Toyota C-HR. In terms of styling, the coupe-crossover will have aggressive lines on the sides, fenders in the front and the rear and optional winger spoilers which give it a sporty look. Moreover to reduce the weight the unnecessary corner plastics have been shaved off. At the same time, different fiber on the sides of the body around the wheel arches help increase the width of the vehicle guaranteeing sturdiness. This vehicle also wishes to become an intense part amongst family demographics and hence offers ample space at the back for two people to sit comfortably with a boot space of 377 liters sufficient enough to keep 2 medium sized bags. The sharp shaped headlights with high resolution LED technology enhance the front of the car as well as become important components in terms of utility for the driver in foggy rainy and dark conditions. The fascinating part is the glasshouse extending from the roof towards the rear of the vehicle gives an effect of a floating roof. The rear of the vehicle has aero-inspired bright light clusters that illuminate just like the front.

Moving on, the styling from inside will be plush and contemporary which was never seen before across Toyota variants. At the core, a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Toyotas multimedia navigation system will be present in the center of the dashboard. The interior leather covering is expected to be available in two different colors black and beige. To further enhance the styling quotient the C-HR has a luminous interior lighting through narrow long LED strips which run across the dashboard to the rear. In terms of the additional cabin features the SUV comes with a bespoke smart entry system, a JBL audio system with 9 speakers and heated seats (not an important feature for Indian market). the controls for multimedia and computer display will also be mounted on the steering wheel to avoid distraction and make it comfortable for the driver to operate them. The air conditioning will have automatic climate control which cools the cabin and controls fan speed in alignment to the temperature set.

Toyota C-HR Expected Price

The Toyota C-HR would be a premium segment crossover which will be placed below Fortuner in Toyotas line up implying the price also would be proportionate to the deliverables.  Being in this segment it will fight against the Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Tuscon and also the Honda CR-V because of the features, looks, and engine it possesses. Hence it is estimated that the C-HR will cost between 13-18 Lakh INR. The C-HR will indeed be an important entry in the 15-20 lakh segment as the SUV’S in this segment have not been popular among masses but now are gaining ground.

Toyota C-HR Comparison

The Toyota C-HR if launched between the 15-20 lakh INR segment will face stiff competition from the Honda CR-V and the Ford Endeavour which have both undergone facelifts recently. The Ford Endeavour by its exterior qualifies as a proper SUV whereas crossovers like the C-HR often aren’t seen the same way by Indian customers as the crossover market is not completely evolved yet. In addition, the Endeavour also offers some additional features like a sand mode which makes the car sturdier in a desert like conditions and off – roads (an aesthetic feature which does not have a daily use). The mileage of the Toyota C-HR will be one of the biggest plus points which will give edge due to its hybrid TNGA technology. The Endeavour and CR-V both have so far proven to be gas guzzlers and hence the face of the map will change as the C-HR will provide an expected mileage of 11-13 in petrol and 15 kmpl in the hybrid mode. He CR-V cannot match the features and thus has several drawbacks such as a lack of an interactive infotainment system and stylish interior lighting. Being a part of the semi-luxury segment as a standard safety feature the C-HR is expected to have 4 airbags and speed alarm system which matches the safety systems of the Ford Endeavour and the Honda CR-V as well.

Toyota C-HR Video Review


Toyota C-HR Engine & Performance

 The 1.8L petrol engine mated to the permanent magnet synchronous motor (for a refined and less noisy engine) delivers a swooping 168 BHP of power sufficient enough to reach 0-100 kmph in just about 11 seconds. The other option which would be more practical for Indian roads is the 1.2L petrol and a diesel variant which is less powerful but delivers greater fuel efficiency and especially with the  CVT option in the automatic transmission, it makes rides smoother as the scope for jerks due to change in transmission is null. Features like traction control and hill assist further would give the driver more control over the C-HR.

Toyota C-HR Spotted

After crossing its developmental stages the Toyota C-HR was followed by a consecutive display of itself in several motor show such as the Paris motor show in 2014 and recently in the Geneva motor show in 2016. The year 2016 has been crucial for its road testing phases and hence it was also spotted on roads for its trials. In late 2016 it has already been launched in the UK and now is expected to be seen on Indian roads in 2018.