Toyota C-HR facelift debuts – new 2.0L hybrid variant
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Toyota has unveiled the C-HR facelift in Europe, and the refreshed compact crossover will feature improved and new hybrid powertrains, a new multimedia system as well as the usual exterior design enhancements that come with a mid-cycle upgrade.
External revisions include new LED headlight and tail lights. Design-wise, the front units feature daytime running lights (DRLs) and indicators combined into one frontal projector, while the new combi lamps at the rear are connected by a gloss black spoiler creating a single clean shape. Other visual enhancements include a new painted lower lip and fresh alloy wheel designs.
Two hybrid powertrain options will be available on the Continent. The 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle engine – working with an electric motor with 72 hp and 163 Nm motor – retains its combined 122 hp output, but the automaker says that there are improvements to the unit, although no specifics were mentioned. It is now joined by a new 184 hp 2.0 litre Hybrid Dynamic Force variant.
Elsewhere, the tuning of the electric power steering has been modified for improved steering feel, and the automaker has also improved the insulation of the C-HR across the entire model range with the inclusion of an upgraded NVH pack to reduce cabin noise levels. The 2.0 litre hybrid variant also features a new suspension design, said to improve ride comfort.
Inside, the C-HR gains a new multimedia system that expands the scope of connectivity. Featuring a larger eight-inch touchscreen display, the system comes with full smartphone integration and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. It also supports ‘over the air’ map updates for its navigation system.
In related news, Toyota Australia has revealed that it will begin selling the facelifted C-HR in December, with the hybrid option finally making its way to that market, although only the 1.8 litre version has been announced. The powertrain will be offered in the biggest selling two-wheel drive Koba variant – which makes up nearly half of all C-HR sales in Australia – alongside the existing 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine.