Toyota has prepared for 2020 a new, or rather refreshed, C-HR hybrid crossover that we were able to drive this week around Lisbon, Portugal. We checked how much better and more advanced this crossover was, which in its first edition came to a good reputation.
At first glance, it is clear that the new C-HR does not look significantly different from the previous one, but this crossover still underwent changes and brought about some improvements. It should be noted that the car was designed in Europe and that a team of 200 people worked on its development, which spent 120,000 hours, while Toyota invested 50 million euros in this project. The effort of the designers and the employees and the great stake have, we dare say, paid off well.
Attractive look, new colors
The Japanese company said during the two-day presentation that the new C-HR is more dynamic, more powerful and more fun than the previous one, that it is more capable, more elegant and gives more premium atmosphere than its predecessor, and that it has a more sophisticated and expressive appearance. The headlights, which now have a different signature, have been changed, LED daytime running lights have been placed above the main ones, and the integration of the turn signal indicator is a novelty. Lights and fog lights are shifted more into corners.
The changes also include the front bumper, and the grille is now larger than usual. There are also lights in the latest LED technology, as well as a new diffuser. There is also a black “bridge” connecting the taillights, some of which are progressive direction indicators. When it comes to body colors, there are two new ones available, Supersonic Red and Hot Lava Orange joining the others. These colors are only available in combination with the black roof. The new C-HR is available with 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Those who are not well enough can choose a new silver roof that is available for the first time this year. Those who like the white color of the roof are likely to be disappointed as Toyota will no longer offer it as an option.
All things considered, it can be said that the new C-HR is noticeably prettier than its predecessors, although they are quite similar to one another.
Subtle but significant interior changes
As for the interior, it has undergone subtle but significant changes. The C-HR has been given a new gray roof trim that designers say makes the cabin airier and larger, and comfortable black leather seats are available as an option. It is literally possible to spend hours in these seats without getting tired. It should also be said that the passenger seat is now fully customizable, much less hard plastic, as can be seen on the door panels made of softer materials.
In addition, the C-HR came with an enhanced infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and a much faster interface and physical buttons, the difference being that the previous model supported Apple CarPlay and now supports Android Auto system and is compatible with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alex. This means the C-HR offers full smartphone integration as well as “over the air” upgrades that will allow drivers to use the latest versions of European road maps. Certainly, the audio system is expected to be at a high level, the insulation of the interior is better, there is less engine noise as well as wind turbulence.
Two hybrid options, one particularly interesting for BiH
The Japanese have also made technical improvements to upgrade the 1.8-liter, 122-hp hybrid system, with CO2 emissions of 86 g / km by the NEDC standard, or 109 g / km by the WLTP standard. Models with this powertrain now also have an improved control system that was previously praised. This particular engine will be of particular interest to BiH. Therefore, we have devoted more time in Portugal to this model. What the Japanese bosses promised, we have experienced. Better handling, greater dynamics, quieter interiors have been proven in action, both on the open road and in the city chaos during the daily rush, so everything we had a chance to experience in the “old” C-HR model, only the scale was raised to the level more.
However. now Toyota has introduced a new 2.0-liter Hybrid Dynamic Force powertrain that delivers 184bhp. This model comes with an advanced steering system as well as a complete suspension. CO2 emissions are 92 g / km per NEDC and 118 bhp per WLTP.
As already known, Toyota lavishly equips its models with safety and assist systems so the driver has a crash prevention system, adjustable cruise control, automatic high beams, a lane departure warning system in the vehicle, traffic sign recognition systems, radar that detects the vehicle from behind while exiting the parking lot and activates the brakes as well as more when needed.
Toyota predicts that a total of 62 percent of customers will buy the C-HR with a 1.8-liter hybrid system. This is followed by a 2.0-liter hybrid with 33 percent of customers and ultimately a 1.2-liter petrol. It is precisely this gasoline without electrification that is still “alive” because it still has demand from several countries.
Otherwise, the launch of the sale of the new Toyota C-HR in BiH is expected at the end of this year or early next year.
The starting price of gasoline will be 43,600 KM, Hybrid 1.8 will cost 47,100 KM, and the price of 2.0 Hybrid C-LUB models in our market will be 58,800 KM.