Toy­ota’s C-HR re­shapes the cross-over car

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

WITH the C-HR, Toy­ota tar­gets Mil­lenials who are, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment, “pre­dom­i­nantly driven by emo­tional con­sid­er­a­tions”.

Glenn Cromp­ton, vi­cepres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing at Toy­ota South Africa, said these cus­tomers want in­di­vid­u­al­ity, and to be the first to try new ex­pe­ri­ences and prod­ucts.

Style and qual­ity are es­sen­tial con­sid­er­a­tions in any pur­chase they make, and the car is an ex­ten­sion of their per­son­al­ity.

Viewed from any an­gle, the C-HR’s com­bi­na­tion of facetted gem­stone-like shapes with fluid sur­faces and el­e­gantly in­te­grated de­tail­ing cre­ates a del­i­cate bal­ance of pre­ci­sion and sen­su­al­ity. The C-HR’s coupe-like styling is fur­ther en­hanced by dis­guised rear door han­dles in­te­grated within the C pil­lar and a sweep­ing roofline.

The prom­i­nent rear light clus­ters give the rear view of the C-HR an equally ex­pres­sive vis­ual sig­na­ture.

The driver-ori­ented area in­cor­po­rates in­no­va­tive de­tails and in­tu­itive, ap­proach­able tech­nol­ogy. All op­er­at­ing switchgear and a dis­play au­dio touch-screen are slightly an­gled to­wards the driver. A unique new two-tiered front seat de­sign com­bines a slen­der, sport­ing up­per sec­tion (in­spired by the “bucket” de­sign of old) with a more strongly bol­stered and sup­port­ive lower area.

The Toy­ota C-HR is the first model in South Africa to use Toy­ota’s ad­vanced new 1,2 litre turbo en­gine with a D-4T di­rect in­jec­tion sys­tem, VVTi-W, high com­pres­sion ra­tio as well as a water-cooled turbo and heat-ex­changer. The 1,197cc en­gine makes 85kW and 185 Nm from only 1 500 to 4 000 rpm. Fuel con­sump­tion and CO2 -, the man­ual car achieves 6,3 l/100 km on the com­bined cy­cle, and de­liv­ers just 141 g/km of CO2. CVT mod­els de­liver 6,4 l/100 km and pro­duce 144 g/km.

All mod­els are fit­ted with 17” wheels, shod with 21560R-17 rub­ber. Plus mod­els fea­ture blade-style al­loy ver­sions.

All mod­els come with a com­pre­hen­sive five-year or 90 000 km ser­vice plan, with ser­vice in­ter­vals set at 15 000 km. A three-year/100 000 km war­ranty is pro­vided. — WR.

C-HR PRICES

6MT — R 318 500

6MT Plus — R 345 000

CVT Plus — R 356 000.

PHOTO: TOY­OTA

There is a whole lot go­ing on vis­ually with the CHR, some would say too much.

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