The Toyota C-HR is enjoying a fair bit of success in Japan, with sales of the compact SUV hitting 79,303 units. That is enough for the C-HR to secure the top spot among all carmakers in the number of new SUVs sold in the country during the first half of 2017 (1H 2017).

Toyota also pointed out that in the month of April 2017, the C-HR was the most purchased vehicle in Japan, with sales peaking at 13,168 units. In its home market, the C-HR is available with a 1.2 litre turbocharged engine and a 1.8 litre hybrid powerplant.

For Malaysia, a launch window for the C-HR has yet to be set, although the model has been sighted in Putrajaya a few weeks back leaving the Road Transport Department (JPJ) office.

The car sighted then is reportedly the same one that was present during the C-HR’s first official preview locally. It is powered by a 1.2 litre turbo, while the specifications are similar to the entry-level Australian model – 17-inch wheels and halogen headlights.

When it is finally launched here, the C-HR will look to compete against the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Reckon it’ll beat those two in the sales charts?

GALLERY: Toyota C-HR (Japan-spec)