Toyota's subcompact crossover gets the GR Sport treatment.
Toyota's GR Sport range continues to expand with the new racing-inspired Toyota C-HR GR Sport introduced for the 2021 model year, featuring sportier exterior and interior styling and revised steering. The trim was previously available only in Japan but will soon be coming to Europe. Toyota has not confirmed if the C-HR GR Sport will be coming to America, however.
On the outside, Toyota has applied a black finish to the headlight and fog light housings, the central bumper section, and the background of the Toyota emblem on the C-HR GR Sport. The grille is also finished in dark chrome and the front splitter is more aggressively styled. Complementing these sporty design elements are black moldings added to the doors and larger 19-inch alloy wheels with a contrast black and machined-face finish.
At the rear, the C-HR GR Sport features black reflector surrounds, a new under-bumper trim and GR Sport badging. As standard, the C-HR GR Sport gets a dual-tone exterior with eight colors to choose from, including an exclusive Ash Grey and black roof combination.
The sports theme continues inside the cabin with a choice of Alcantara-trimmed leather or all-fabric seat upholstery. Both seat trims feature GR-inspired red and grey stitching. Perforated leather with red stitching is also applied to the three-spoke steering wheel and gear shifter. Elsewhere, the Gazoo Racing logo is applied to the scuff plates, stop-start button, and the start-up animation in the driver display.
It's generously equipped, too, with standard gear including rear privacy glass, smart entry, LED headlights, heated front seats, and auto-folding side mirrors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also included as standard, and a nine-speaker JBL Premium Sound audio system can be optionally installed.
The C-HR GR Sport also benefits from sharper driving dynamics, with more responsive steering. The front and rear springs have been stiffened by 10 and 15 percent respectively and the shock absorbers have been tuned for increased damping force.
Like the regular C-HR, the GR Sport variant is available with a 1.8-liter or 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain producing 120 hp and 180 hp respectively. In Europe, the Toyota CH-R GR Sport will go on sale in early 2021, with pricing to be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.