Toyota Confirms Turbo Engine For C-HR Small SUV

Toyota has confirmed that its upcoming small SUV, the C-HR, will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2 litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The confirmation comes months after TMR first reported the 1.2 litre turbo engine would be coming to Australia

The new engine is designed to offer the flexibility of a larger engine, with the fuel consumption of a smaller engine, though Toyota hasn’t revealed official consumption figures for the turbocharged C-HR.

With 85kW of power and 185Nm of torque available from 1500rpm to 4000rpm, the C-HR will come with a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic for front-wheel-drive models while all-wheel-drive variants are paired exclusively with the CVT.

Features including direct injection, a water-cooled turbocharger and intelligent variable valve timing are also featured. The engine is also able to run on the more efficient Atkinson combustion cycle in low-load conditions for increased fuel efficiency.

Already a feature of Toyota’s hybrid engines, the highly efficient Atkinson cycle engages when engine load is reduced, at other times the 1.2 litre turbo engine runs as a traditional Otto cycle engine.

“C-HR’s extroverted styling projects a confident and sporty image that is matched by a remarkable turbo engine with great response across the rev range that is not compromised by impressive economy,” Toyota Australia’s executive director of sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, said. “Combined with the outstanding handling and agility from the highly rigid new platform with its low centre of gravity, the C-HR adds up to an impressively engaging drive experience.”

Toyota has previously announced that two C-HR variants will be coming to Australia, the Active, and upscale Koba, named after C-HR head engineer Hiroyuki Koba.

Both models will come equipped with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam headlamps, reversing camera, lane-departure warning with steering assist and a 6.1-inch touchscreen, while the Koba will add keyless entry and start, heated front seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

No word has yet been given on pricing, but with a launch date scheduled for the first quarter of 2017 Toyota is sure to reveal more info about the C-HR in the coming months. Stay tuned.

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