Spy-Shots of Cars

After making quite an impact during its global unveiling at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota C-HR is now making its way to markets worldwide. Here, the crossover is sighted as it undergoes what should be homologation testing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

So, in what way does this “prototype” differ from what we saw back in March? Put simply, not a lot. While the C-HR seen here is taped up in several areas, every design detail that wowed the masses a month ago is here to stay, which is good news if you’re a fan of them.

The striking front fascia of the Coupe High Rider features a slim grille, flanked by two large headlamps units, which appear to utilise halogen projectors here instead of LED-type units. Meanwhile the lower apron feature faux intakes at the edges, with round fog lamp enclosures positioned a little more inwards.

Spy-Shots of Cars

Down the sides, the C-HR’s distinct character lines and strong haunches are clearly visible, including the “hidden” handles for the rear doors that are located near the C-pillars. Profile-wise, the rakish roof leads towards a pair of C-shaped tail lamps and sculpted rear. It’s worth noting that the tail lamp clusters are red instead of the clear ones seen on the Geneva debut model. The wheel design seen here are identical as well, albeit in black.

The different lamp clusters could indicate that this is not the hybrid version (which was shown at Geneva), and is instead the petrol-powered version. At its reveal, the C-HR was reported to feature three powertrains. The non-hybrid options here include a 1.2 litre 8NR-FTS turbo four-cylinder from the facelifted Auris (115 PS and 185 Nm) and 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder (147 PS and 187 Nm).

The hybrid version is likely to be derived from the new Prius, incorporating a 1.8 litre engine to deliver 122 PS, with a maximum thermal efficiency of 40%. Depending on the engine, a six-speed manual or CVT transmission is fitted, with two- and four-wheel drive options available. It remains to be seen what the US-market C-HR will receive.

Spy-Shots of Cars

As reported earlier the C-HR rides on the modular Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the second vehicle to be built on the platform after the new Prius. In terms of dimensions, the crossover measures 4,350 mm long, 1,795 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,640 mm. With many comparing the C-HR to the HR-V, the former is 56 mm longer, 23 mm wider and 55 mm lower than the latter.

Aside from this US sighting, the Toyota C-HR was also seen in Turkey recently. The carmaker’s new crossover is slated to begin production in other parts of the world soon, including China’s Tianjin and Guangzhou facilities, as well as in Thailand starting in 2018. That could mean a long wait before the C-HR makes its ASEAN-market debut.


GALLERY: Toyota C-HR at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show