Order books for the Toyota C-HR have opened, with the new mid-size crossover appearing in UK dealerships from January 2017. Priced from £20,995, the C-HR is being pitched as a rival to the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Yeti and Renault Kadjar, although its coupé-like roofline and bold styling make it a fairly unique proposition in the market.
First unveiled in production form at the Geneva motor show in March 2016, the C-HR was revealed as a concept in 2014. The production model gets a coupé-like build due to the designers’ determination to create something that stands out in the Toyota range. The C-HR will sit below the current RAV4 in the model line-up, but is also 20cm longer than a Nissan Juke, placing it as a rival to the Qashqai.
Its exterior design features angular lines and large wheel arches. To the front, headlight clusters wrap around the car giving a feeling of width, adding the low body stance of a coupé while featuring the raised ground clearance of an SUV. The clusters also incorporate full LED lighting and sequential turn signals.
Rear door handles have been disguised by their integration into the C-pillar, which flows into the rear spoiler design, adding to its coupé feel.
Based on the Toyota Prius, the new model also sits on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and gets two powertrain options in the UK. Option one is the latest generation 1.8-litre full hybrid engine, which delivers 12bhp, and emits 86g/km of CO2 while returning a claimed 74.3mpg – meaning it will cost you nothing in road tax. Hybrid components have also been made lighter and smaller, aiding toward the C-HR's low centre of gravity.
The same 114bhp 1.2-litre turbo engine that already features in the Auris is also available, and comes mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic. The CVT option can be specified with front-wheel or four-wheel drive.
A 2.0-litre model with the CVT gearbox will also be built, although it won’t be sold in the UK.
Buyers can choose from Icon, Excel and Dynamic trim levels. Entry-level cars get dual-zone climate control, 17in alloy wheels, Toyota's Touch 2 infotainment system and a reversing camera, while top-spec Dynamic models add bespoke alloy wheels, privacy glass and LED headlights. All versions get autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam as standard.
The range starts from £20,995, more expensive than other cars in the class like the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca, which start from £18,545 and £17,990 respectively.