Up­per James Toy­ota’s C-HR en­ters com­pact CUV SEGMENT

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS - STORY AND PHOTO BY JIM ROBINSON METROLAND ME­DIA

LOS AN­GE­LES, CA: Toy­ota capped off this year’s me­dia days at the LA Auto show by un­veil­ing the 2018 C-HR com­pact cross­over.

C-HR stands for Coupe High Rider and will ar­rive in Toy­ota deal­er­ships in the spring ush­er­ing a new con­tender into the red-hot Cana­dian com­pact CUV segment.

It ac­tu­ally ap­peared for the first time one year ago at the LA show as the Scion C-HR con­cept. With the demise of the Scion brand, the C-HR is back as a Toy­ota.

The C-HR is very highly styled in what the brand terms “Distin­guished Di­a­mond” looks start­ing from the nose with slim pro­jec­tor head­lights which stretch back well over the top of the front fend­ers aug­mented by lar­gish stan­dard 17-inch and op­tional 18-inch al­loy wheels.

The in­side car­ries through the edgy styling with its “Me Zone” driver ori­ented cabin with di­a­mond pat­terns through­out fea­tur­ing dual-zone cli­mate con­trol and a seven-inch in­fo­tain­ment touch­screen raised high on the cen­tre stack. This is aug­mented by a color 4.2-inch driver info dis­play be­tween the two main gauges in the in­stru­ment clus­ter.

It will be pow­ered by a 2.0-litre di­rect in­jec­tion in­line four-cylin­der pro­duc­ing 144 hp and 139 lb/ ft of torque on reg­u­lar fuel with con­sump­tion fig­ures yet to be an­nounced.

D-HR is front en­gined with front drive and a CVT trans­mis­sion. AWD is not avail­able.

Sus­pen­sion is a new MacPher­son strut setup at front with a dou­ble wish­bone rear sys­tem fea­tur­ing rear shocks with ure­thane up­per sup­ports, a first for Toy­ota.

The CVT, with seven-speed se­quen­tial man­ual shift mode has a Sport set­ting at “steps up” ra­tio changes. C-HR will be fit­ted with a full suite of driver/safety fea­tures in­clud­ing, as stan­dard, Toy­ota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) which is a multi-fea­ture ad­vanced ac­tive safety suite bun­dles cut­ting edge ac­tive safety tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing Pre-Col­li­sion Sys­tem with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion func­tion (PCS w/PD) fea­tur­ing for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing and Au­to­matic Emer­gency Brak­ing, Lane De­par­ture Alert with Steer­ing As­sist func­tion (LDA w/SA), Au­to­matic High Beams (AHB), and Full Speed Dy­namic Radar Cruise Con­trol (DRCC).

When it ar­rives in the spring, C-HR will be of­fered in two trim lev­els – XLE and XLE Premium with pric­ing to be an­nounced when it goes on sale.

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