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Australian-spec Toyota C-HR revealed

The Toyota C-HR will arrive Down Under early next year (2017) and Toyota has released a handful of images showing what we can expect.

THE TOYOTA C-HR will go on-sale in the first quarter of 2017 and Toyota is promising two “premium” grades will be available.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the C-HR represents the next step in the evolution of “SUV” because it does not fit neatly into a category of vehicles that originally focused on the ‘U’ for off-road utility.

“C-HR is a car for people who want something special – those who desire the innovative dynamism and emotional appeal that a traditional SUV cannot offer,” Mr Cramb said.

“C-HR advances the very definition of SUV by emphasising the ‘S’ that stands for ‘sport’ and ‘style’,” he said.

“It has four doors and a hatch, but it’s not a hatchback; it’s compact while having a large interior and room for five; it has a high driving position, yet it’s not a boxy off-roader.

“Not only does the C-HR always look like it’s on the move, the new platform and turbocharged petrol engine ensure it delivers an agile driving feel.”

Toyota C-HR

Locally, the top-spec C-HR will be known as the Koba to honor the car’s chiefe engineer, Hiroyuki Koba. Toyota is being coy about specific details but says it will “feature advanced safety features including a pre-collision system with autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering control, automatic high beam and a reversing camera. Additional features for the top-spec Koba variants include heated seats, a smart entry and start system, privacy glass and 18-inch alloy wheels. Australian models will feature a 6.1-inch touch-screen display and new two-tiered front-seat design.

  • Bernard

    Maybe they should fix the LC200 torque converter non lockup while towing and off road and appalling 6 month service cycle before they waste their time and money on fancy little cars like this.

  • Galaxy Being

    The world does not need another ugly SUV ala Juke. I’d rather walk, or god forbid use public transport.

    • Allen

      then walk mate.

      • Galaxy Being

        I think I will, good for my waste line and the environment.

        • Allen

          waste line? don’t tell me you’re a waste.

    • Azmodan

      Whether ugly or not we don’t need any SUV’s. Should all be banned.

      • Galaxy Being

        Bwahahaha… All SUVs including soft roaders? Time to take your medication Einstein.

        • godafoss

          Einstein would be right compared to the typical SUV trog.

      • Fred

        Get a bicycle .. or a tricycle…or a Lazaboy

  • Fred

    In other words, aping Nissans Juke. By the way the Juke is in need for a replacement.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.