2017 Toyota C-HR detailed for Australia ahead of first-quarter launch

2017 Toyota C-HR detailed for Australia ahead of first-quarter launch

More local details of the upcoming 2017 Toyota C-HR have been revealed this week, with two “premium variants” to hit Australian showrooms in the first quarter of next year.

The use of ‘premium’ indicates that Toyota plans to pitch the C-HR higher than the more affordable variants offered by the Mazda CX-3 (starting at $19,990), possibly pushing towards a starting price in the $25,000 ballpark – though final pricing is yet to be announced.

Named ‘Active’ and ‘Koba’, the two C-HR variants will go toe-to-toe with high-spec versions of the Mazda, along with the Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade.

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The top-spec Koba is named after the car’s global chief engineer, Hiroyuki Koba.

Local models will feature a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, two-tiered front seat design, pre-collision warning system with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, auto high beam, along with a rear-view camera.

Stepping up to the Koba adds heated seats, keyless entry and start, privacy glass and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Powering Australian C-HR models will be a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 85kW of power and 185Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or continuously-variable automatic transmission in front- or all-wheel drive configurations.

Buyers will be offered the choice of eight exterior colours, including a new “radiant green”.

Unlike its more conservatively-styled stablemates, Toyota says the C-HR was designed around a diamond-inspired theme, incorporating gemstone-like shapes throughout the exterior and interior.

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Even the buttons and switchgear feature diamond-themed shapes, a look which carries through to the door trim, headliner and driver’s instrument needles.

Contrasting with the diamond patterns and shapes are piano black finishes, satin silver trims and blue lighting for the instruments and switches.

Final pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to the C-HR’s local launch in the first quarter of next year.

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Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates on the Toyota C-HR in the coming months.

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