According to a report by Kompas, the Toyota C-HR could become a locally-produced model in Indonesia. Warih Andang Tjahjono, vice president of PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) said the likelihood of that happening is dependent on the level of demand for the hotly-anticipated model.

“The possibility exists, more so if the demand is high in the country,” he said, adding that with the excess production capacity available to TMMIN currently, the company is confident that local production is possible for products that ride on the modular Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

The C-HR is the second model that employs the TNGA after the fourth-generation Prius, and is offered with three powertrain options, including a hybrid (market dependant). These include the 8NR-FTS 1.2 litre turbo four-cylinder, 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder and a 1.8 litre VVT-i Atkinson cycle four-cylinder, with the latter being used on hybrid models.

Warih also stated in the report that the second TMMIN plant – Karawang – is only utilising 30% of its available space. “From the 150 hectares that is available, only 20 hectares have been used, so there is still 130 hectares of empty space to be used,” he explained. The Karawang II plant first started production in 2013, where it currently makes the Etios Valco, Yaris, Vios, Limo and Sienta. It has an annual production capacity of 120,000 units a year.

When the C-HR officially goes on sale in Indonesia, it will go up against the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V, both of which are locally-produced models there. As for Malaysia, there’s no indication when the C-HR will make its launch debut, or even if it will arrive as a CKD model. Given the fact that its rival, the HR-V is locally-made, could the C-HR be the same as well?