Toyota has released a series of new videos of its C-HR, as the compact crossover’s roll-out continues in major markets. Unveiled in March, specs for the C-HR in the UK, Australia and Japan were revealed last month. Toyota will begin accepting advance orders online for the JDM car next month, with the market launch set for the end of the year.

In Japan, the C-HR will be offered in four grades, and these are the G and S with a 1.8 litre hybrid system and G-T and S-T trim, which will feature a 1.2 litre turbo engine. No mention of output numbers for the domestic versions yet, but they shouldn’t veer from that announced for other markets.

In the case of the former, the 122 PS petrol-electric powerplant is from the latest fourth-gen Prius, but tuned for this application. It consists of an engine that returns 40% thermal efficiency (world’s best for a petrol unit) and a CVT with lower gearing for improved off-the-line acceleration.

As for the 8NR-FTS 1.2 litre turbo four-pot (which was introduced on the facelifted Auris), it’s good for 115 PS at 5,200 to 5,600 rpm and 185 Nm between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. It looks like Japan will not be selling the 2.0 litre NA variant that will be available in certain markets. The 150 PS/193 Nm 2.0L CVT would be suitable for our market to go against the Honda HR-V 1.8 and Mazda CX-3 2.0.

The C-HR, which sits on the new and modular TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, measures 4,350 mm long, 1,795 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, with a 2,640 mm wheelbase. To give you a rough idea, that’s 56 mm longer and 23 mm wider than the Honda HR-V, but 55 mm lower. The Toyota’s wheelbase is 30 mm longer.

Toyota says that the C-HR’s bold design represents the determination of the company president Akio Toyoda to allow greater stylistic freedom and promote engineering creativity with eye-catching designs and enhanced driving pleasure

For the Japanese market, Toyota Safety Sense P will be offered as standard in all grades. The collision avoidance assist package includes a Pre-collision system, which detects has a pedestrian detection function, radar cruise control featuring all-speed tracking, Lane Departure Alert (with steering control), and Automatic High Beam. Also on, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Like what you see? UMW Toyota Motor must be licking their lips in anticipation too, as the world’s biggest automaker is seriously under-represented in the booming SUV segment, where each of its rivals have something to offer in these parts. No, the Rush doesn’t count.

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