The Toyota has been on a mission to expand its existing vehicle portfolio across global markets. It may be late to hop on the subcompact crossover bandwagon but the Japanese company has some interesting trumps up its sleeve. The C-HR concept version was shown at the 2014 Paris auto show. The production model of 2017 Toyota CH-R from Toyota was shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show this year where it managed to make heads turn with its space era styling and killer looks. Now, the vehicle is being readied for commercial production, which has intensified the buzz.
2017 Toyota CH-R – Stylish Design:
The 2017 Toyota CH-R is stylish beyond doubt and the company has ensured the car does not look like its typical models. While it is larger than the Nissan Juke the model is smaller than the corporate sibling aka RAV4. There is no denying the final version of C-HR looks mostly like the concept vehicle. The low roofline, bulbous wheel wells, boomerang-shaped taillights draw attention no matter which angle you look at it from! The car is based on Toyota’s new global Architecture platform which was also used to build the Prius. The vehicle will also have two-tone metallic paint and 18-inch alloy wheels. While it may not be aesthetically appealing to all but you cannot take eyes off its creases and unusual curves. It will be sold in three trims- Icon, Excel, and Dynamic.
If there is one thing that is confirmed about the upcoming 2017 Toyota CH-R , it is the interior. The interior will look absolutely futuristic and lavish at the same time. It will also be customizable. European buyers will get the color schemes like Black/Brown, Black/Blue and Dark Grey for cabin trims. Tech features included are the self-parking system, smart key access, privacy glass and heated seats. The dashboard has a number of horizontal design elements and the infotainment screen is placed atop dash within a trapezoidal frame. The ribbon-type blue trim gives the cabin decidedly space age looks.
The upcoming 2017 Toyota CH-R is going to be laden with latest safety technology and entertainment features. The safety suites will comprise of autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera and automatic high beam. Geeks may opt for the JBL premium audio system with 9 speakers.
All trims get features like Auto Wipers, DAB radio, and Dual-zone automatic air conditioning. In excel trim you get Blind Spot Monitor, Voice recognition, Simple Intelligent Parking Assist and 18″ black alloy wheels. In Dynamic trim, you get a Black roof, LED Front fog lights, Automatic headlight leveling etc.
2017 Toyota CH-R – Turbocharged Engine:
The 2017 Toyota CH-R is likely to be powered by a hybrid drivetrain and gasoline engines though official details are yet to be released. This is going to be the third hybrid crossover from Toyota. The 1.8 Petrol Hybrid engine setup may have an output of 120 hp. A turbocharged 1.2-liter unit with 130 hp may also be offered. The drive train may vary from one market to another. Both FWD and 4WD will be offered and options for a continuously-variable automatic transmission unit will be there. Hybrid engines offer enhanced fuel economy in general. Toyota says ride experience is going to be top notch.
2017 Toyota CH-R – Date of Arrival and Price:
The 2017 Toyota CH-R is going to reach showrooms soon enough. Toyota says it is positioned between its Corolla hatch and RAV4, so the pricing is on that level. The base Icon trim gets a price tag of £23,995 and top end Dynamic starts at £25,495. These are prices of Manual transmission FWD models. Top end Dynamic trim with AWD and auto transmission may cost £27,995.
Summing it up:
There is no denying there are a lot of things to like about the 2017 Toyota CH-R. The style based on Toyota New Global Architecture is somewhat close to Nissan Juke but unlike any Toyota car sold so far. The design may not please all but ignoring the car is hard. The cabin is a big attraction and it evokes a futuristic ambiance. Its engine is efficient and a hybrid option is there too. The pricing is also decent and it looks like Nisan Juke has got a worthy rival.