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Revised Prado, Yaris GRMN and C-HR Hy-Power spearhead Toyota's Frankfurt offerings

12.09.2017

Having kept most of its plans for Frankfurt under wraps despite various speculative reports, Toyota has unveiled a full arsenal of models headed by the facelifted Land Cruiser Prado, Yaris GRMN and the concept C-HR Hy-Power.

Land Cruiser Prado

Although pictured days before its unveiling in Japan and spied on consecutive occasions before that, the revised version of the Toyota's popular luxury body-on frame SUV benefits from new headlights with daytime running LEDs, a flatter five-bar grille, redesigned bumper, new bonnet and fenders and revised lower air intake.

Measuring 60 mm longer than the outgoing model and available with wheel sizes ranging from 17-19-inches, the rear facia receives a new bumper, restyled lights clusters and depending on the market, a tailgate or under body mounted spare wheel.

The biggest changes are however reserved for the interior with a new dashboard and centre console, the latter housing a new eight-touch touchscreen infotainment system, a 4.2-inch TFT display on the instrument cluster, new HVAC switches and a steering wheel taken from the Land Cruiser 200.

Safety has also been stepped up with the Prado now getting Toyota's latest Safety Sense system, made up of Pre-Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection and upgraded Tyre Pressure Monitoring system.

Again depending on the market, the Prado will be offered with a choice of two petrol engines and two diesels, as well as two manual and a single automatic gearbox. Linked to a five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic, petrol power comes from of a 2.7-litre four-cylinder making 120 kW and 246 Nm of torque, or 183 kW and 381 Nm in the case of the long serving six-speed automatic only 4.0-litre V6.

While certain markets are likely to continue with the 120 kW / 400 Nm 3.0-litre turbodiesel, the flagship oil burner will be the 2.8-litre GD-6 used in the Hilux and Fortuner, which makes 130 kW and 420 Nm when connected to the six-speed manual 'box, and 450 Nm when paired with the six-speed automatic.

Pricing and market availability will be announced later.

Yaris GRMN

Signalling Toyota's return to the junior hot hatch segment, the somewhat oddly titled Yaris GRMN (Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nürburgring), as previously reported, breaks from tradition in that it ditches the turbocharged engine for a supercharged setup.

Although previously claimed to develop 155 kW, the 1.8-litre engine in fact produces one kilowatt more with torque being rated at 250 Nm. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and featuring a limited slip diff, Toyota claims the GRMN will hit 100 km/h from naught in 6.3 seconds, and reach a limited top speed of 230 km/h.

Tipping the scales at a mere 1 135 kg, the WRC derived three-door GRMN sits 24 mm closer to the ground than the normal Yaris, and apart from the rally equivalent's unique paint finish, adds a specially tuned suspension, Sachs performance shocks, four-piston brake calipers, black multi-spoke lightweight 17-inch BBS alloy wheel wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza 205/45 rubber, reworked steering and a performance exhaust.

Pricing in Europe will start at €29 900 depending on the market, with production limited to just 400 units.

C-HR Hy-Power

A runaway success since debuting last year, the C-HR Hy-Power concept, according to Toyota, previews the expansion of higher powered hybrid models, with an emphasis on "emotional styling".

To this end, the concept, based on the Euro market C-HR Hybrid, get a diamond pattern Burning Orange roof, A-pillar and mirrors, Dark Carbon silver body, gloss black lip spoiler and area above the Toyota badge, dark chrome 20-inch alloy wheels and Black diamond mesh lower grille with Burning Orange detailing.

The touches continue inside with Burning Orange trim, black leather seats with orange headrests and side bolsters, quilted diamond pattern on the side seatback and cushions carried over to the door panels.

Somewhat oddly, Toyota has not revealed any mechanical details, only stated that the 1.8-litre hybrid power unit is more powerful.       

Article written by Autodealer
12.09.2017
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