The first 50 customers of the Toyota C-HR have received the keys to their brand-new cars during a handover event organised by UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) before the start of the final round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival. The crossover model is offered in a sole 1.8 litre variant that comes fully imported (CBU) from Thailand, priced at RM145,500 before insurance.

Malaysians first got up close with the C-HR back in July 2017, where it later went on tour at various showrooms across the country as well as Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival events. It was later previewed for a second time in November, where final specifications were nailed down.

“Since being previewed last year, interest in the all-new Toyota C-HR has been high. To date, we have received around 1,500 bookings for the model and because this is a unique model, we wanted to personally hand over the vehicle to our first 50 customers,” said Ravindran Kurusamy, president of UMWT.

Under the hood, the C-HR is powered by a 2ZR-FE 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated engine with Dual VVT-i, which is rated at 140 PS and 171 Nm. Drive is directed to the front wheels via a CVT with seven virtual speeds and a manual mode.

In terms of equipment, the C-HR comes with halogen projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, front and rear fog lamps, 17-inch five-spoke alloys shod with 215/60 profile tyres, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, black leather seats, a 4.2-inch multi-info instrument cluster display and a seven-inch DVD-AVX unit (upgradable to a DVD-AVN navigation system).

Safety-wise, there are seven airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC) and Isofix rear child seat anchors, plus Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

There are five exterior colour options to choose from, including two-tone options that feature a black roof – Blue Metallic and Red Mica. These two, along with White Pearl CS, will cost an additional RM848 on top of the retail price. The other two colours – Metal Stream Metallic and Attitude Black Mica are excluded from this requirement. For detailed specifications of the Toyota C-HR, head on over to CarBase.my.

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