The Toyota C-HR, one of the most anticipated new models in these parts, will be launching in Australia very soon. It will surface in the first quarter of this year Down Under, which means that the crossover will either be launched this month or in March. “The wait is nearly over,” Toyota Australia’s official website says.

Toyota’s edgy-looking rival to the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 will be powered by a 1.2 litre turbocharged engine with 114 hp and 185 Nm of torque there, mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or CVT automatic.

The entry variant will come standard with front/rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloys, heated folding side mirrors, navigation, LED DRLs and fog lights, reverse camera, hill start assist, a 4.2-inch display in the instrument panel, auto high-beam, six-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and fabric seats.

The generously-equipped starter trim will also come with active safety kit including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

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The high-spec Koba (named after the model’s chief engineer Hiroyuki Koba) gains leather, LED headlights, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, privacy glass, LED taillights, ambient lighting (blue) and 18-inch rims. Local reports say that Toyota is looking at a “premium” positioning for the C-HR, which could start from around A$25,000 (RM84,682).

The video above shows 20 lucky Aussies selected to sample the new SUV at a closed-door event in Sydney. As they put the C-HR through its paces, we get to see the B-SUV’s bold shape stand out under the sun. Like what you see?

Many do. One of the more common questions I received over CNY (aside from ‘when are you getting married?’) is when will the C-HR arrive in Malaysia. Well, early testing is underway in Thailand as we speak, and the Toyota should be launched there early next year. Mid to late 2018 for Malaysia perhaps?