Toyota C-HR: Performance
Toyota introduced the updated version of its sleek C-HR to the South African market this week. The facelift introduces new technology, new exterior colours, and other aesthetic and performance improvements, strengthening an already thriving contender in the SUV market. A more detailed look at the improvements list reveals additions such as sharpened front-end styling, safety upgrades across the model range, Toyota Safety Sense, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and two new colours – Inferno Orange and Passion Red.
The thing about the Toyota C-HR, though, is that it’s already a very well-rounded product. The facelifts additions significantly improve the value offering of the Japanese SUV, specifically in terms of performance and safety. There’s an old saying that says ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and that phrase aptly relates to Toyota’s decision to retain the motor from the pre-facelift model.
The motor in question is a petrol 1.2-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which is employed across the range, all the way from the entry-level model up to the top-of-the-range ‘C-HR Luxury’ model. The motor produces 85kW of power and 185Nm of torque which is sent to the front wheels through the buyers choice of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission. It’s not hard to see why they chose to keep the engine around, especially considering that it produces between 141-144 g/kg of CO2 emissions with an equally impressive fuel consumption figure of 6.3-litres/100km for the manual models and 6.4-litres/100km for the CVT models.
The driver will also enjoy better performance from the improved steering feel and upgraded NVH pack which works to reduce vibrations from the road and the subsequent road noise. The new Toyota C-HR comes standard with a set of 17-inch wheels, with larger turbine-style 18-inch wheels found on the Plus and Luxury models.
In terms of safety, Toyota has refreshed the safety specification across the range. The standard and Plus grades receive side, curtain and driver knee airbags - in addition to the front driver and passenger units – while rear seatbelt force limiters and pre-tensioners have been added to the standard grade derivative. The flagship ‘Luxury’ grade model inherits a complete suite of electronic driver safety aids in the form of the Toyota Safety Sense system. These are made up of Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Pre-crash system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist.