Toy­ota to join com­pact SUV seg­ment

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Toy­ota’s all-new C-HR is ex­pected to ruf­fle feath­ers in the small SUV class when it ar­rives in New Zealand early next year. With its beau­ti­fully sculp­tured cross­over de­sign, the all-new Toy­ota says the C-HR of­fers en­gag­ing driv­ing dy­nam­ics and a pre­mium qual­ity in­te­rior that will set it apart from its ri­vals. The five-door cross­over will en­ter a seg­ment of the mar­ket where sales have grown three­fold in the last five years. Com­bin­ing a coupe-like up­per body with the pow­er­ful un­der­pin­nings of an SUV, the pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle re­mains re­mark­ably true to the con­cept car’s ex­te­rior which was first shown at the Paris Mo­tor Show in 2014 and reg­is­tered ex­tremely well with tar­get cus­tomers. “Ev­ery mar­ket wants this car,” said Steve Prangnell, Toy­ota New Zealand’s gen­eral man­ager of sales. “It looks dra­matic be­ing driven but is equally eye-catch­ing when parked and its com­pact size makes it an in­spired choice for ur­ban life­style use.” The C-HR will ar­rive in a sin­gu­lar, highly spec­i­fied form, avail­able as 2WD or AWD. Pow­ered by an 85kw four­cylin­der 1.2-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine, the C-HR of­fers peak torque of 185Nm avail­able from just 1,500rpm all the way to 4,000rpm. Us­ing the lat­est Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture (TNGA) plat­form, the C-HR is said to not only ben­e­fits from a highly rigid chas­sis – de­liv­er­ing re­spon­sive han­dling, agility and sta­bil­ity – but the new plat­form also al­lows the en­gine to be placed low and an­gled slightly rear­ward, se­cur­ing a low bon­net line as well as con­tribut­ing to a low cen­tre of grav­ity which helps min­imise body roll and move­ment dur­ing cor­ner­ing. Ex­pected to ap­peal to young pro­fes­sion­als and those with an ac­tive life­style, the C-HR ticks the boxes of prac­ti­cal­ity, ad­vanced cabin am­bi­ence and com­pre­hen­sive safety equip­ment. The C-HR adopts Toy­ota Safety Sense, a full suite of tech­nol­ogy de­signed to as­sist the driver and oc­cu­pants in­clud­ing; a pre-crash sys­tem with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, all-speed adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture alert with steer­ing as­sist, au­to­matic high beam and a re­vers­ing cam­era. Full spec­i­fi­ca­tion de­tails and pric­ing will be an­nounced at the time of launch.

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