Too bad the GR Sport version won't be sold Stateside.
Toyota introduced the refreshed 2020 C-HR earlier this month sporting a bolder look and new standard features. Compared to the previous model, the 2020 C-HR has a new grille, front bumper, and LED headlights, while the back gets a rear spoiler.
The refreshed C-HR has just gone on sale in Japan, and to celebrate Toyota has given the C-HR the GR Sport treatment. This shouldn't come as a surprise as Toyota has previously said it wants to make high-performance versions of every model in its current lineup. The new GR Sport variant adds a host of sporty goodies and mechanical upgrades.
Distinguishing the Toyota C-HR is a sporty body kit that adds a new front bumper and a large lower grille with a thick horizontal bar, resulting in a more aggressive-looking front fascia. The fog light bezel also has a new look and has been positioned lower on the bumper, and Toyota has also added a quad exhaust system. GR Sport badging makes it clear this is no ordinary Toyota C-HR and the upgraded crossover rides on unique 19-inch wheels wrapped in 225/45 R19 tires.
Mechanically, Toyota has upgraded the C-HR with a new center brace to enhance the body rigidity, while the coil springs, shock absorbers, and stabilizers have been tuned to sharpen up the handling. The steering has also been made more responsive for a sportier drive.
Inside, the C-HR GR Sport has a smaller steering wheel wrapped in leather with silver stitching and GR branding. It also has exclusive sports seats, aluminum pedals, a metallic dark silver trim, and a GR-branded start/stop button.
The bad news is that if you want a Toyota C-HR GR Sport, it will only be sold in Japan, where it will cost start at ¥2,732,000 (about $25,100) for the S-T trim with a turbocharged 1.2-liter gasoline engine and six-speed manual. In the US, the 2020 C-HR is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque paired with a CVT transmission.