The Toyota designing team have done their very best the past couple of years. Thanks to them 2017 is going to be a very good model year, with new releases of the Corolla, Prius and Highlander. The 2017 Toyota C-HR is a brand new model that will go in production this year. It was presented to the public as a concept car in 2014. Then, the production model was presented in Geneva this year and does not look all that different from the concept car. It’s an exciting cross-over, available as a hybrid or with a gasoline- or diesel-fueled engine.
The 2017 Toyota C-HR is futuristically stylish seen from any angle. First of all, the headlights are strikingly large and wide. They almost meet in the middle where the Toyota logo is positioned. Moreover, the lower part has a large air vent and two smaller vents left and right, reminiscent of race cars.
The side of the car is very articulated. A deep, sculpting line outlines the wheelbases, which look really big. The most interesting feature on the C-HR’s side are the rear door handles which are on eye level, just below the roof.
The back of the car is none too dull either. The glass rear window is very steep, almost horizontal. It creates a high architectural effect when the window meets the almost vertical body panel. The taillights are large and shaped like boomerangs, wrapped around the side and back of the car. All in all, the 2017 Toyota C-HR is a designers’ dream.
Toyota recently made the interior design of the C-HR public. It definitely looks as futuristic as the exterior, but also feels quite safe. The passenger’s side dashboard is slightly diagonal, something we’ve seen before in other recent cars. The diagonal lining continues on the lower part of the center console and is topped by a rather large LCD-screen. The whole dashboard is embraced by a blue line, running from the left door handle to the right door handle.
The steering-wheel has a sporty look and again, some diagonal lines. Furthermore, there are two analog gauges and a small LCD-screen for driving statistics and navigation.
The seats are ergonomically designed and emit a comfortable feel. Finally, the colour scheme of the pictures (a lot of black) is probably not the only available option. More details are to be announced.
The 2017 Toyota C-HR will become available with a gasoline- or diesel-fueled engine, or as a hybrid vehicle.
The standard gasoline engine is a 1.2 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can make 113 horsepower. Either a manual or automatic transmission can be chosen. When choosing the automatic transmission, the option of All Wheel Drive becomes available too. The 2.0 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine will offer a bit more power-up. Specific numbers have not been released yet. The engine will only be available with CVT automatic transmission and is probably going to be the only option for U.S. markets.
The hybrid 2017 Toyota C-HR has CO2 emissions of less than 90 grams per kilometer, which is the lowest any car in the segment has. Above all, it will make 122 hp and the engine will be lighter and more efficient, with a thermal efficiency of 40%.
Standard on the C-HR comes the Toyota Safety Sense System. This includes features like Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High beam, Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. Remarkable is the Toyota Pre-collision system, which warns the driver of an upcoming collision. It also brakes automatically and if necessary, also steers to avoid collision.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Toyota C-HR has already gone in production and will hit European markets in November 2016. Pricing is not yet made known, but we expect a price of around €35,000, depending on which European country you live in. U.S. Prices are estimated at about $25,000 and finally, the car will go on sale in April of 2017.