A full suite of hybridized powertrains and funky styling make this a slick crossover we can't have.
Toyota has unveiled the second-generation C-HR, but before you ask, it's not coming to America. With distinctive exterior styling, plenty of technology, and electrified powertrains, this little tyke would prove popular with crossover-crazed consumers. So what are we missing out on?
A brace of hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines for a start. The new C-HR will be offered with four electrified powerplants. The 2.0-liter PHEV is arguably the most interesting, and Toyota claims it can travel up to 41 miles (WLTP estimate) on battery power alone. Thanks to geofencing tech, models equipped with this engine can automatically switch to EV mode when the car approaches a low-emission zone.
Other engines include a 1.8-liter hybrid and a 2.0-liter hybrid, the latter offered with all-wheel drive. Expect an all-electric variant to follow at a later date.
Toyota hasn't shared any power outputs as yet, but the company says the 1.8-liter hybrid is the same engine you'll find in the Corolla Hybrid. As such, expect 138 horsepower. We're guessing the PHEV shares its engine with the new 220-hp Prius Prime, which is a rather sprightly performer.
Visually, Toyota hasn't strayed far from the Prologue Concept seen last year, sporting slim C-shaped headlights that blend in with the black trim on the lower half of the bumper. The angular design theme can be seen along the side of the vehicle, where you'll find the flush door handles - a first for a Toyota product.
The bi-tone paintwork pictured here is arguably the most eye-catching aspect of the car, with the roof, tailgate, rear fascia, rear fenders, and side skirts finished in a contrasting black hue. Additionally, customers can option wheels as big as 20 inches.
Toyota says great attention was paid to creating a "seamless look." The CH-R has shut lines to make the Germans jealous, while the headlight washers, cameras, and radar systems have been cleverly concealed.
Inside, a 12.3-inch driver's display is available on certain models and can be customized to suit the driver's needs or a particular journey. Depending on the selected trim, buyers get either an eight-inch touchscreen or a 12.3-inch version with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice control.
The system also displays relevant information related to the electric motor and can even find charging stations if your PHEV needs a top-up. A dedicated app will let owners operate the climate control system or start the engine from their smartphones. Toyota says it will introduce an app allowing remote parking with the driver outside the vehicle.
On the safety front, the new C-HR gets the latest Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance systems with a few new features. These include Acceleration Suppression, which slows any sudden throttle inputs when the vehicle detects the risk of a collision. A Safe Exit Assist system aims to protect cyclists and pedestrians from fast-opening doors.
Built by and for Europeans, order books for the new C-HR are officially open. Two Premiere Edition models will be offered at launch. The GR Sport Premiere Edition introduces stylish GR styling add-ons; a mesh-style grille pattern, 20-inch wheels, and headrests embossed with the GR logo form part of the package. Precious Silver, paired with the bi-tone paint scheme, is the signature hue, but other colors will be offered.
The High Premiere Edition receives the Sulphur bi-tone exterior as its signature finish. This model also receives perforated leather seats, a head-up display, and a panoramic glass roof.
The compact crossover segment is big business in Europe, so expect the new C-HR to make a dent with its fresh styling, efficient powertrains, and impressive equipment.
As for the US, the C-HR's absence will be plugged by the Corolla Cross.