Lifestyle

More style, less utility: Toyota C-HR small SUV coming

C-HR CROSSOVER: Ready for Toyota to get even stronger in Australia's SUV market? Japanese giant prepares to finally launch a small SUV on our shores
C-HR CROSSOVER: Ready for Toyota to get even stronger in Australia's SUV market? Japanese giant prepares to finally launch a small SUV on our shores

HAVE you ever spotted the glaring omission in Toyota's Australian line-up?  

Yep, the small SUV. This segment has been the golden child of our market in the past couple of years thanks to unrelenting sales growth.   

The small SUV segment was up 27% last year and so far in 2016 is up a further 3%. We've bought a staggering 75,000 of them in the year to date; the Mazda CX-3, Mitsubishi ASX and Honda HR-V leading the sales race.

Toyota CH-R small SUV.Photo: Contributed.
Toyota CH-R small SUV.Photo: Contributed.

The C-HR (meaning Coupe High Rider) - positioned between Corolla hatch and RAV4 size-wise - will hit our showrooms early next year and will be offered in two grades.   

Toyota says it will be the first of its cars to exhibit a "diamond architectural theme with faceted gemstone-like shapes and fluid surfaces" for the exterior.  

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the C-HR represented the next step in the evolution of "SUV" because it did not fit neatly into a category of vehicles that originally focused on the 'U' for off-road utility.   

Toyota CH-R small SUV.Photo: Contributed.
Toyota CH-R small SUV.Photo: Contributed.

In other words, don't expect this small SUV urbanite to tackle the same stuff your LandCruiser will.  

"It has four doors and a hatch but it's not a hatchback. It's compact while having a large interior and room for five. It has a high driving position yet it's not a boxy off-roader," said Mr Cramb.   

"C-HR advances the very definition of SUV by emphasising the 'S' that stands for 'sport' and 'style'," he said.   We know it will be available in front- or all-wheel drive variants and features a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 85kW/185Nm mated to a six-speed manual or CVT auto.   

Toyota CH-R small SUV.Photo: Contributed.
Toyota CH-R small SUV.Photo: Contributed.

We have also been told the top-grade Koba model will feature 18-inch alloys, heated seats, smart entry and start, plus active safety gear including a pre-collision system with autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering control and a reversing camera.  

And targeting the young or young at heart, Toyota is introducing funky exterior colours, including a new radiant green (pictured at top).  

Pricing is unconfirmed but reckon on Toyota's newbie costing from the low $20,000s to tackle its rivals and extend the brand's SUV dominance nationally.  

Toyota C-HR small SUV. Photo: Contributed
Toyota C-HR small SUV. Photo: Contributed

Topics:  cars news, corolla, editors picks, future models, small suv, suvs, toyota c-hr


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

SunWater to test Callide Dam gates

Callide Dam, May 2015 Photo Emma Clarke / Central Telegraph

Callide Dam will release 30 megalitres of water on Wednesday.

Cattle judging draws crowds at Moura Coal & Country Festival

Grand Champion Bull, Kenrol Jesseppi 2736 (left), exhibited by Kenrol Brahman Stud.

Kenrol Brahman Stud won Most Successful Exhibitor.

Magpie swooping season underway

Adam Burling is getting used to being swooped on his morning ride.

September is the breeding birds' peak swooping month.

Local Partners

Biloela man pleads guilty after Kariboe St lie-down

The man pleaded guilty to charges of being a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

$1200 fine for Thangool man caught with marijuana plants

A generic photo of marijuana plants.

A Biloela woman also pleaded guilty to possession of an ice pipe.

SunWater to test Callide Dam gates

Callide Dam, May 2015 Photo Emma Clarke / Central Telegraph

Callide Dam will release 30 megalitres of water on Wednesday.

Cattle judging draws crowds at Moura Coal & Country Festival

Grand Champion Bull, Kenrol Jesseppi 2736 (left), exhibited by Kenrol Brahman Stud.

Kenrol Brahman Stud won Most Successful Exhibitor.

Magpie swooping season underway

Adam Burling is getting used to being swooped on his morning ride.

September is the breeding birds' peak swooping month.

Breast cancer survivors give back to supporters

SUPPORTERS: From left: Jane Henney, Tessa Ives, Mandy Sanderson, Lyn Witham and Sandra Grummit at September 3's BCNA fundraiser.

Biloela fundraiser brings in more than $4200 for BCNA.

Cancer fight gets UGLY at Top Pub

CLOSE CUT: Steve Bates (right) takes a pair of clippers to Peter Law.

Duty manager Kerry McAuliffe raises over $9000.

Labor Senator slams O'Dowd on backpacker tax

Queensland Senator Anthony Chisholm.

Senator Anthony Chisholm says Ken O'Dowd wants "a bob each way".

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record