A de­sign de­par­tu­re from Toyo­ta

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad - MOTORING S­TAFF

For 2018, an all-new ran­ge-top­ping mo­del of the re­vo­lu­ti­o­na­ry CH-R is a­vai­la­ble in a Luxu­ry de­ri­va­ti­ve. The Luxu­ry is dis­tin­guis­hed from the Stan­dard and Plus ver­si­ons by its bi-to­ne de­sign: a black roof, roof-pil­lars and si­de-mir­rors which can be com­bi­ned with four ex­te­ri­or co­lours.

Ma­ny who fol­low car de­sign spe­ci­fi­cal­ly we­re ta­ken a­back by the Toyo­ta CH-R’s ed­gy sty­ling, in con­trast to the re­la­ti­ve­ly con­ser­va­ti­ve de­sign ap­pro­ach in the com­pa­ny until re­cent­ly, with the spor­ty 86 sports car and the FJ as the no­ta­ble ex­cep­ti­ons in the last few y­e­ars.

For 2018, an all-new ran­ge-top­ping mo­del of the re­vo­lu­ti­o­na­ry CH-R is a­vai­la­ble in a Luxu­ry de­ri­va­ti­ve. The Luxu­ry is dis­tin­guis­hed from the Stan­dard and Plus ver­si­ons by its bi-to­ne de­sign.

It has a black roof, roof-pil­lars and si­de-mir­rors to cre­a­te a stri­king two-to­ne ef­fect. The black up­per secti­on can be com­bi­ned with four ex­te­ri­or co­lours, the op­ti­ons being whi­te pe­arl, cin­na­bar red me­tal­lic, lu­nar me­tal­lic (a smoky sil­ver) or Ca­rib­be­an blue.

Cu­sto­mers can al­so opt for a black ex­te­ri­or com­bi­ned with a whi­te roof, cre­a­ting a to­tal of fi­ve dif­fe­rent co­lour op­ti­ons.

S­mo­ked re­ar tail lamps and full-LED he­ad and fog lamps are fit­ted. Day­ti­me run­ning lig­hts (DRL) with a con­tour-hug­ging lig­ht gui­de com­ple­te the ex­te­ri­or packa­ge with sty­lish 18” al­loy w­heels that are fit­ted to Plus and Luxu­ry mo­dels.


Convenience fe­a­tu­res for the dri­ver are pro­vi­ded in e­lec­tri­cal­ly ad­jus­ta­ble lum­bar sup­port, a key­less-en­try sy­stem with pushbut­ton start lin­ked to au­to-fol­ding si­de mir­rors, park dis­tan­ce con­t­rol (PDC) and the high-tech in­tel­li­gent par­king as­sist (IPA).

The IPA sy­stem u­ses the PDC sen­sors to check for and me­a­su­re a po­ten­ti­al par­king spa­ce. It then re­su­mes con­t­rol of the e­lec­tric po­wer s­teer­ing (EPS) and pre­ci­se­ly ma­noeu­vres the vehi­cle in­to the par­king spa­ce.

No mo­re stress­ful par­king pre­di­ca­ments - at le­ast on­ce one has le­arnt to trust it. The sy­stem pro­vi­des step-by-step in­structi­ons and dis­tan­ce in­di­ca­ti­ons via the co­lour mul­ti-in­for­ma­ti­on dis­play.

A re­ver­se ca­me­ra is pro­vi­ded a­cross the en­ti­re ran­ge.

Se­a­ting in the Luxu­ry gra­de mo­del is pro­vi­ded with tex­tu­red le­at­her se­ats, which in­clu­de se­at he­a­ters for dri­ver and pas­sen­ger and the a­fo­re­men­ti­o­ned ad­jus­ta­ble dri­ver lum­bar sup­port.


The up­per dashbo­ard al­so in­cor­po­ra­tes soft­touch le­at­her trim with con­trast stit­ching. The in­te­ri­or of the C-HR was at­tracti­ve be­fo­re, but the jump in luxu­ry is sub­stan­ti­al.

The in­fo­tai­n­ment sy­stem is rich in fe­a­tu­res, with a tou­chscreen in­ter­fa­ce and brig­ht le­gi­ble graphi­cs. Mil­len­ni­als are ca­te­red for with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Au­to Plus Show con­necti­vi­ty, USB in­ter­fa­ce and Blu­e­tooth stre­a­ming and te­lep­ho­ny.

Occu­pants can al­so choo­se to mir­ror cel­lp­ho­ne apps, pro­vi­ding access to a vast ar­ray of mu­sic and na­vi­ga­ti­on op­ti­ons such as Ap­ple Maps, Google Maps, Wa­ze, S­po­ti­fy, Ap­ple Mu­sic and Soun­d­cloud - de­pen­ding on the de­vi­ce.

Sa­tel­li­te na­vi­ga­ti­on em­bed­ded in­to the sy­stem is stan­dard a­cross the ran­ge, al­lo­wing u­sers to na­vi­ga­te wit­hout the need for a cel­lp­ho­ne con­necti­on.

The C-HR re­tains its 1,2-lit­re tur­bo-char­ged en­gi­ne, fe­a­tu­ring a host of ef­fi­cien­cy-boos­ting techno­lo­gies such as VVTi-W (va­ri­a­ble val­ve ti­ming - in­tel­li­gent wi­de), di­rect in­jecti­on, flex­i­ble en­gi­ne cy­cle swit­ching, 10:1 com­pres­si­on ra­tio and s­mart he­at ma­na­ge­ment.

The en­gi­ne de­li­vers 85kW and a con­stant tor­que cur­ve of 185Nm be­t­ween 1 500 and 4 000rpm.

The Luxu­ry mo­del u­ses a CVT (con­ti­nu­ous va­ri­a­ble trans­mis­si­on) with pro­gram­med steps, which si­mu­la­te con­ven­ti­o­nal ge­ar ra­ti­os.

In ad­di­ti­on, the dri­ver can access se­ven pre­de­fi­ned ge­ar ra­ti­os w­hen mo­ving the brus­hed a­lu­mi­ni­um shift-le­ver from D (D­ri­ve) to M (Ma­nu­al) mode, af­for­ding a g­re­a­ter de­gree of con­t­rol.

Stan­dard and Plus de­ri­va­ti­ves are al­so a­vai­la­ble with a six-speed ma­nu­al trans­mis­si­on with Toyo­ta’s iMT (in­tel­li­gent ma­nu­al trans­mis­si­on) sy­stem.


Un­der­pin­ning the C-HR is a va­ri­ant of the Toyo­ta New Glo­bal Architecture (TNGA) plat­form first in­tro­du­ced on the P­ri­us. A fun­da­men­tal cha­rac­te­ris­tic of TNGA is the ex­cel­lent ba­lan­ce of re­fi­ne­ment, ri­de qua­li­ty and dy­n­a­mi­cal­ly re­war­ding hand­ling.

A M­cP­her­son front sus­pen­si­on la­yout is a­dop­ted, whi­le the re­ar u­ti­li­ses a dou­ble wishbo­ne de­sign.

All C-HR va­ri­ants ha­ve a com­ple­te ar­ray of acti­ve sa­fe­ty fe­a­tu­res, in­clu­ding vehi­cle sta­bi­li­ty con­t­rol, hill as­sist con­t­rol, ABS, e­lec­tro­nic bra­ke for­ce dis­tri­bu­ti­on and bra­ke as­sist. The Luxu­ry mo­del has mo­re ai­r­bags - ni­ne, with the ad­di­ti­on of dri­ver knee, cur­tain and si­de ai­r­bags.


The re­com­men­ded re­tail pri­ces are: C-HR 1,2T - R336 000; C-HR 1,2T Plus - R365 500; C-HR 1,2T Plus CVT - R377 000 and C-HR 1,2T Luxu­ry CVT - R422 100. All C-HR mo­dels co­me with an ex­pan­ded six ser­vi­ce or 90 000km ser­vi­ce plan and three y­e­ar or 100 000km war­ran­ty. Ser­vi­ce in­ter­vals are at e­very

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