The much awaited 2018 Toyota C-HR is going to hit production line soon, as per the company sources. So what if Toyota is a little late to hop on the subcompact crossover bandwagon, the Japanese car giant is in no mood to be left behind rivals like Nissan and Renault. That is why the company recently took the veils of its upcoming model C-HR at the 2016 Los Angele motor show. From the Scion C-HR concept model shown a few years back, the production version has some changes, which is only natural. It also looks like Hyundai Veloster to an extent.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Immaculate Design:
The 2018 Toyota C-HR does look sporty and stylish though not aggressively so like Nissan Juke. The aggressive body lines, rear fenders, boomerang bend at the rear and large 18-inch wheels look enticing. Some resemblances with the Scion C-HR concept are there. Toyota sells it will be sold in 2 trims- XLE and XLE Premium. The projector-beam halogen headlights look sleek and the car also gets LED daytime running lights.
Both trims get a sleek and lavish looking cabin. The cabin gets dual-zone climate control, bucket seats at the front row. However, the coupe-like roofline means reduced rear seat space and it will be difficult for taller people to fit in the back row. The seven-inch infotainment screen is there and multi-function steering wheel is leather wrapped. There are several small item storage holders in the cabin. There are lots of soft-touch materials and you will not get cheap look feeling. Placement of switches and knobs are done with a focus on the convenience of the driver. Toyota has also used sound insulating materials in the cabin to make sure the ride remains quiet.
Toyota has loaded the upcoming C-HR with enough safety features to woo the target customers. The Toyota Safety Sense P which comes with the model includes Pre-Collision System, forward collision warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert. Of course, there are a few airbags in the cabin along with Hill-Start Assist Control. XLE standard gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated mirrors, electric parking brake. XLE Premium trim gets heated seats, heated side mirrors, fog lamps and push buttons.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Under the Hood:
2018 Toyota C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine which generates 144 hp. It uses a Continuously Variable Transmission. There is no diesel or hybrid powertrain on the horizon, so far. However, in Europe, it will get different engine choices, say Toyota sources. It is not clear as to why Toyota omitted AWD.
2018 Toyota C-HR – Price and Release Date:
Toyota is yet to announce official pricing of the 2018 C-HR. However, given the fact it will be priced a little above the Rav4, industry buzz is starting price would be about $ 25,000. It would reach showrooms for sales in late 2017.
Toyota has produced a stylish and futuristic looking subcompact in form of 2018 C-HR. It looks enticing and the technologies are superb. The car needs right price to trounce the rivals.