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Launch preview: Toyota C-HR


This week, we are in Spain driving the new Toyota C-HR. If like us you are wondering what that new badge means, think Coupe High-Rider. The compact crossover has the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Renault’s Captur, the Nissan Juke, Honda’s HR-V and the Mazda CX-3 in its crosshairs ahead of its local introduction in 2017.

The basics

We are yet to get behind the wheel of the vehicle so expect a far more detailed review and driving impression later this week. However, what we can say is that from the looks of things, Toyota is on to a winner.

Firstly, the badge that it wears is worth its weight in gold within the local market. Secondly, the car looks thoroughly modern and certainly ditches the conservative nature of many other Toyota products as the brand hunts for a more youthful buyer.

Thirdly, from what we believe, the car is available with a range of technologies such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, auto high beam, road sign assist, blind spot monitor and cross traffic alert among others.

Finally, in the engine department there is also an all-new motor, a 1.2-litre turbo with 85kW/185Nm which consumes a claimed 5.5 litres/100 km. This motor comes with either a six-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission. The CVT versions are available with either front- or all-wheel drive. There is also a 90kW hybrid model that is claimed to sip just 3.6 litres/100 km.

As with most products, pricing is key and we are certainly intrigued to see which motors and transmission options available locally and of course, how competitively priced this model will be. Stay tuned to our social channels for detailed updates of this important model throughout the week.

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