Toyota C-HR Geneva 2016
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No, the C-HR really is a Toyota

  • C-HR – fresh take on crossover market
  • Coupe-like styling, 85kW 1.2 turbopetrol engine
  • Revised version of Toyota’s ‘new global architecture’
Toyota C-HR Geneva 2016
SOMETHING NEW FROM TOYOTA: The C-HR (we think it stands for ‘Coupe High Rise) at the 2016 Geneva auto show.  Image: Toyota / Motorpress

Hot on the tail of the South African launch of the latest Toyota Hilux comes news from the 2016 Geneva auto show of another new model – but a Toyota the likes of which we haven’t before seen.

And it will arrive in South Africa in early 2017.

It’s the C-HR, aimed at the crossover market and, Toyota says, “designed to stand out both within the Toyota line-up and in its segment”. An in-the-metal example, the automaker adds, of Akio Toyoda’s “determination to allow greater stylistic freedom and promote engineering creativity to achieve eye-catching designs and enhanced driving pleasure”.

As we said in the intro, you ain’t seen nuthin’ like it from the Stetson hat-badged-brand. Vehicle design, powertrain and dynamics developers were, it seems, given free rein to deliver a fresh take on the increasingly popular compact crossover segment.

Toyota C-HR Geneva 2016
EVEN SEXIER FROM THE BACK: A rear-threequarter view does a better job of showing off the Toyota C-HR’s coupe profile – and the chassis’ distance  from the tar. Image: Toyota / Motorpress

The C-HR is the production version of concept Toyotas shown at Paris in 2014 and Frankfurt in 2015. “Its coupe-like lines,” Toyota told The Corner in a media release, “testify to the resolve of designers to create a stand-out style and a new direction among mid-sized crossovers.”

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The driving dynamics are, Toyota explains, based on the precision and control of a C-segment hatchback’s low centre of gravity to carry speed through curves through excellent body control and steering fluidity, no matter the surface beneath it.

“The C-HR,” Toyota says, “introduces a distinctive body with a diamond architectural theme, wheel arches projecting prominently to emphasise the new crossover’s strength and rigidity. Raised ground clearance comes with the slim-‘n-sleek profile of a coupe.”


The lights use diode illumination; the enhanced three-dimensional bumper, wheel flares and trapezoidal lower grille “reinforce the C-HR’s wide, firmly planted, stance”. Rear door releases are camouflaged to emphasise the coupe profile.

Driving the C-HR will be a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, 85kW, turbocharged engine punching out 85kW/185Nm, the latter figure arriving at 1500rpm and staying there until the tacho reads 4000.

A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard or tick a continuously variable box.

South African specs will be confirmed early in 2017. Carman’s Corner will let you know…

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