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Best-looking small SUV? Toyota’s C-HR Cross gets even better

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Toyota has jacked its C-HR Cross, front, rear and inside, with cosmetic changes. and improvements.

Lookswise, the front bumper is wider and larger and the air intakes made closer to vertical while the foul-weather lights have been repositioned to be higher and further apartl

2020 TOYOTA C-HR. Image: Toyota SA / Cornel van Heerden

The headlights on standard and Plus models have been upgraded to premium diode tech (to match the Luxury model), the daytime lights and indicators have been combined, and bright red tail  lights have been connected by a gloss black spoiler.

ELECTRIC STEERING

The cars’ turbocharged’1.2-litre petrol engine remains to spin either a constantly variable ”auto” or a six-speed manual transmission with power contained at the original 85kW / 185Nm and claimed possible fuel consumption of 6.3 litres/100km for the manual, 6.4/100km for the CVT).

The steering has electric support and the ”noise, vibration, and harshness” upgraded to support the 17” rim/tyre package on the intro models and 18” on the Plus and Luxury grades.

Also being debuted is an upgraded multimedia system to handle full smartphone integration and support the latest versions of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

2020 TOYOTA C-HR. Image: Toyota SA / Cornel van Heerden

This feature allows occupants to mirror their cellphone on the   vehicle screen – opening up a world of connectivity options, including music streaming and satnav.

READ MORE Toyota C-HR features on Carman’s Corner

The screen size has been ‘enlarged’ to 20cm, the multimedia display to 10cm, the multi-information to 10cm on the Plus grade and each model will have Toyota Connect and 15 Gb of in-car wifi, vehicle telematics, and enhanced user features through a MyToyota app.

2020 TOYOTA C-HR. Image: Toyota SA / Cornel van Heerden

”A key part of the refresh,” Toyota says, ”is the additional safety specification across the model range: standard and Plus grades receive curtain and driver’s knees crash mitigation bags in addition to the front driver and passenger bags.

”The rear passenger restraints have force limiters and pre-tensioners over the standard cars while Luxury units have a suite of electronic pre- and post-collision driver assistance items: blind-spot monitors, lane-change warnings,  blind-spot monitor and lane-change warning, rear cross-traffic alert, ”following” cruise control and lane-drift avoidance.

THE SHADES

The Standard and Plus models are available in six exterior colours, among them two shades of bronze. The Luxury grade is exclusively offered in a two-tone mix that involves red, blue, and another shade of orange.

Each will have a black roof as the second ”colour”.

All C-HR models will be delivered with a six-services or 90 000km* service plan (intervals 15 000km) and three-year or 100 000km warranty*. Customers can also buy a variety of service and/or warranty add-ons.

*Whichever comes first.

2020 TOYOTA C-HR. Image: Toyota SA / Cornel van Heerden

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

Toyota C-HR 1.2T – R371 700
Toyota C-HR 1.2T Plus – R403 000
Toyota C-HR 1.2T Plus CVT – R415 100
Toyota C-HR 1.2T Luxury CVT – R476 600

2020 TOYOTA C-HR. Image: Toyota SA / Cornel van Heerden

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