In a quiet, but purposeful way, Toyota has been reshaping its product range to be less conservative (boring) looking and, in some cases, stepping quite well out of its usual comfort zone – duo-tone paint schemes, for example.
Now, the C-HR, launched in 2017, gets a wave of the wand with the introduction of a new range-topping model called the Luxury – perhaps nomenclature could do with a makeover as well!
Distinguishing the Luxury model from the standard and Plus derivatives is the bi-tone design. A black roof, roof-pillars and side-mirrors create the two-tone effect. The black upper section can be combined with four exterior colours – White Pearl, Cinnabar Red metallic, Lunar Metallic (a smoked silver hue) or Caribbean Blue.
Customers can also opt for a Black exterior paired with a white roof – creating a total of five different colour options.
Smoked rear tail lamps, full-LED head and fog lamps are fitted. Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with a contour-hugging light guide complete the exterior package. Stylish 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted to Plus and Luxury grade models.
Convenience items added include electrically-adjustable lumbar support, a keyless-entry system with push-button start (linked to auto-folding side mirrors), Park Distance Control (PDC) and Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA).
The IPA system uses the PDC sensors to accurately check for and measure a potential parking space, where after it resumes control of the Electric Power Steering (EPS) and expertly manoeuvres the vehicle into the parking space.
Seating in the Luxury grade is textured leather, which include seat heaters for driver and passenger and the upper dashboard also incorporates soft-touch leather trim with contrast stitching.
The C-HR retains the 8NR-FTS 1,2-litre turbo-charged engine, featuring VVTi-W (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent Wide), direct injection, flexible engine cycle switching (Otto vs Atkinson), 10:1 compression ratio and smart-heat management.
For a displacement of 1 197 cc, the engine delivers 85 kW and a constant torque curve of 185 Nm between 1 500 r/min and 4 000 r/min. It will push the Toyota C-HR from 0 to 100 km/h in 10,9 seconds and the top speed is set at 190 km/h.
The Luxury model is exclusively mated to a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission), with seven pre-defined gear ratios when moving the brushed aluminium shift-lever from D (Drive) to M (Manual) mode, affording a greater degree of control and driver input.
All C-HR variants are equipped with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Assist Control (HAC), anti-lock braking, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) and have driver and passenger air bags, whilst the Luxury model ups the quotient to a total of nine with the addition of driver knee, curtain and side air bags.
All C-HR models come with an expanded 6-service/90 000 kilometre service plan and 3-year/100 000 kilometre warranty. Service intervals are 15 000 kilometres.
Model Lineup and Pricing
C-HR 1.2T – R 336,000
C-HR 1.2T Plus – R 365,500
C-HR 1.2T Plus CVT – R 377,000
C-HR 1.2T Luxury CVT – R 422,100