Baby SUV boomers
Toyota’s long-awaited entrant to the baby SUV segment is due in showrooms next month. Buying one won’t be easy.
Carsguide understands Toyota has extremely limited stock arriving this year, so keen buyers might not have a vast choice of colour and options.
The C-HR is Toyota’s answer to the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Under the bonnet of this unconventional design is a 1.2litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine matched to a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. There are currently no plans to introduce the hybrid version (sold in Europe) or the 2.0-litre (sold in the US).
There will be front and allwheel-drive variants.
Prices are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000, a touch on the high side.
The D-Max ute gets a minor facelift next month, with an update for the 3.0-litre turbo diesel to meet emissions standards. It’s unclear whether that translates to extra power or torque.
The styling changes are subtle, too, with a new notch in the grille and headlights.
The big changes are expected to be on price and equipment, with Isuzu realigning some variants with newer rivals. Expect to see a rear camera in wider use but not Apple Car Play.
HOLDEN TRAX AND BARINA
The Barina hatch and the baby Trax SUV get a new nose and a few minor tweaks for 2017.
Both are built in South Korea, with engines carrying over. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are now standard. As the changes amount to a nip and tuck, expect prices to stay sharp.
A new i30 is due in April. As with the recently released Elantra sedan, it is a big step up compared with the current model, with a tablet-style display screen and better quality fit, finish and materials.
Keep an eye on the price. Hyundai launched the Elantra with premium pricing — nearly $28,000 drive-away — and buyers stayed away. The Elantra has since been wound back to a much more realistic $22,990 drive-away with auto.
ISUZU D-MAX HOLDEN BARINA