WOW (Women on Wheels) - - PROMOTION -

HEY GOOD-LOOK­ING! Toy­ota has taken a gulp of fresh air as the brand breaks away and hits the road run­ning on style and sass in a seg­ment that’s al­ready over­crowded with an el­e­ment of same-same. The C-HR is sim­ply nudg­ing them out of the way. Ku­dos to Toy­ota for not be­ing caught snooz­ing at the wheel when it comes to eye-catch­ing de­sign el­e­ments for this new babe on the block. To be fair, apart from pretty good per­for­mance and box-tick­ing tal­ents, this car is all about looks. Sound fa­mil­iar? Just one look at the OTT shape, from its up­turned nose to its sweep­ing Kar­dashian der­rière, this is a car that will be fought over. The C-HR is per­haps the coolest-look­ing cross­over in its class, es­pe­cially with all that in­te­grated de­tail­ing in the body­work and coupé-like roofline flow­ing down the back to high­light the sci-fi tail lights. Hold on, did you check out the 17-inch al­loy wheels? IN­SIDER TRADE-UPS Look in­side and you’ll be blown away with the high-qual­ity decor, as this cool car preens the minute you open the door. It’s ab­so­lutely up to the minute – all fu­tur­is­tic and chic, with a di­a­mond­pat­tern theme through­out. One of the pluses for any­one who drives her wheels in heels is the higher seat­ing po­si­tion. It’s right on trend, but is also prac­ti­cal, as you can see a lot more all around from your el­e­vated perch. You’ll love the unique, two-tiered front seats with a sporty bucket-style up­per part and a more sup­port­ive lower area. It’s like be­ing cud­dled as you drive! If you are a techie freak, re­lax, it’s all there as the C-HR rolls-out the lat­est con­ve­nience and com­fort fea­tures in­clud­ing cruise con­trol, rear sen­sors, power win­dows and me­dia con­nec­tions. The C-HR’s touch screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has a colour dis­play, while cli­mate con­trol is stan­dard. SPACED OUT Space-wise, there’s more room in the boot than you would ex­pect from a com­pact car and, de­spite the slop­ing roof, you can pack for a fam­ily va­ca­tion or hit the sales big time. Want more? Just fold those 60/40-split fold­ing back seats flat and you’ll have even more room for cargo and the large, wide-open­ing tail­gate makes it easy to load heavy or awk­ward items. If you’re a road trip­per or gym bunny, you’ll be grate­ful for the door bins that’ll eas­ily hold drink bot­tles, a large glove box for all your good­ies and a lid­ded con­tainer be­tween the front seats. SPEEDY SPECS • Pow­ered by a new 1,2-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine that pro­duces 85 kW and a torque of 185 N.m.

• The slick six-speed man­ual gear­box works like a dream, or opt for the CVT gear­box which is go­ing to sweep up bou­quets for its re­fine­ment and quiet­ness.

• Ev­ery model of­fers Sport, Nor­mal and Eco driv­ing modes to suit dif­fer­ent driv­ing con­di­tions.

• You’ll be even more im­pressed to know that al­though it’s a looker and a goer, it’s also fru­gal, us­ing 6,4 L/100 km.

• Al­though it’s not billed or built to be a race­track road­ster, it cracks 100 km/h in un­der 11 sec­onds.

• The new TNGA-based plat­form ( Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture) and up­dated sus­pen­sion en­sure the C-HR is so easy and such fun to drive.

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