Enjoy a range of almost 70 kilometers in pure electric mode
Six years after its launch and with more than 700,000 units sold in Europe, the Toyota C-HR 2024 The Japanese SUV is updated with an all-new second generation that retains, among its best virtues, a distinctive and attractive design. In the words of Toyota itself, it is a prototype that has been put on the road.
Of course, there are many trials and tests before reaching the streets, as we know firsthand after visiting the barracks of Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels, where I was also able to make my first dynamic contact with the plug-in hybrid engine, which is celebrating its premiere in this generation. I’ll talk about this later before introducing you to the changes.
An even hotter body
As you can see in the pictures, that is new Toyota C-HR It further refines its lines and is characterized above all by a front with a completely renewed and sharper look. In this sense, the taillights also stand out, spanning the entire width of the tailgate and illuminating the name of the car in a souvenir that the brand uses for the first time.
Another completely new style detail is in the Protect to open the doors, especially the rear ones, which are now placed lower and not above the window. The solution meets the demand of many consumerthis is what its engineers told us, because it is a car intended for families with a small child and in many cases they could not open the door.
Based on the opinions collected from Toyota C-HR owners, the rear door window has also been redesigned so that it now has a larger surface area and improves rear visibility, one of the shortcomings of the first model. Cars approaching from the side can now be seen better, with a similar visibility to a model of the Segment A.
The importance of customer experience is fundamental to Toyota and that is why those who wanted to install a device in their car were asked to voluntarily collect it mechanical behavior and usage data. Based on this, he has now developed the response of his engine and chassis with a precise goal: increase the feeling of performance and handling without compromising comfort.
This is their engine offering
For this reason, for example, the response of the accelerator pedal changes and is now more direct and progressive. Something I was able to see first hand on a tour of Brussels behind the controls of an airplane Toyota C-HR PHEV, With an output of 223 hp, it is the most powerful option in the series. Below are two other options to make up the complete range: a 2.0 HEV with 198 hp and a 1.8-liter gasoline engine, which will be the entry-level version.
We are talking about the fifth generation of Toyota hybrid engines and this is noticeable in terms of performance and, above all, smooth running and driving comfort. Thanks to a range of almost 70 kilometers in pure electric mode in the city and 60 kilometers in the WLTP cycle, it also becomes almost two cars at the same time, as it works like a pure electric car in everyday life and there is a hybrid combination for long journeys.
In all-electric mode, this increase in throttle response power is felt most clearly, with remarkable power delivery and sensational acceleration capability. Led by a new one Three-spoke steering wheel With a thicker rim that gets harder as speed increases, cornering is more fun.
The work that several Toyota team drivers have done in developing the car contributes significantly to this increase in the car’s dynamic response, a good way to put into practice many of the lessons learned in road driving competition World Rally Championship.
Prices of the new Toyota C-HR
Better workmanship inside, with materials that feel more premium to the touch and with an interior that is already fully digitalized new SUV significantly increases its commitment to sustainability and the environment. Seat fabrics are made from plastic water bottles, for example.
There are no prices for the range yet. The first deliveries should take place at the end of 2023 and a launch edition will be announced premiere (the highest on offer and with really very complete standard equipment) for 43,150 euros if you finance the purchase from Toyota.