Toyota C-HR Turkey 1

The Toyota C-HR was present at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but it was mounted on an enclosed platform at the Toyota stand and no one could get close to it. Now, however, Otopark has procured photos of the B-segment crossover in Turkey, giving us a closer look (literally) at the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 rival.

On display were two cars, both featuring a different colour scheme from the silver-and-black car shown at Geneva – one in red with a white roof, the other in a full white scheme. Both cars are fitted with smaller wheels than the show car’s 18-inch items, and the white car also doesn’t have the optional full-LED head- and tail lights, going for more traditional projector headlights and bulb-type tail lights.

Toyota C-HR Turkey 4

Production of the C-HR is slated to kick off in Turkey at Toyota’s Sarkaya plant (likely where these photos were taken) as well as the Miyagi plant in Japan in the autumn. However, reports have stated that production will also be expanded to China’s Tianjin and Guangzhou facilities, as well as to Thailand starting in 2018 – will that be when the C-HR will make its market debut in ASEAN?

Three powertrains will be available for the C-HR, including a hybrid version likely derived from the new Prius – it delivers 122 PS and incorporates a 1.8 litre engine with a record maximum thermal efficiency of 40%, the same claimed for the Prius. Carbon dioxide emissions is quoted at under 90 grams per kilometre.

Also available is the 8NR-FTS 1.2 litre turbo four-pot introduced on the facelifted Auris, delivering 115 PS from 5,200 to 5,600rpm and 185Nm between 1,500 and 4,000rpm. It is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, the latter offered with either two- or four-wheel drive.

A 2.0 litre CVT variant, possibly fitted with the same 147 PS/187 Nm 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i four-pot and CVT combo as the Corolla Altis, will also be available in certain markets – will this be what we are getting, to take on the 1.8 litre HR-V and the 2.0 litre CX-3?