Toyota has just introduced a crossover vehicle that's so radically different from its usual designs that people are taking a second look. While some critics are suspecting Toyota engineers are going mad, the strategy can actually work and translate to bigger sales.
Enter the 2017 Toyota C-HR. C-HR means "Coupe-High Rider". It's designed for young professionals who are sporty and living an active lifestyle that want something higher than a sedan, but lower than the brawny four-wheel drives. Toyota executives explained they did away with the usual look and designed a crossover with the agility of a hatchback while looking distinctive and achieving a low center of gravity, according to Drive.
Looking at it, the Toyota C-HR does have unique character, sense of style and attention to detail unknown to previous Toyota models. The two-door look is effective, with the rear door handle subtly hidden near the roof. Headroom in the front and rear is excellent although it's a bit cramped for rear passenger leg room. The seats are designed to be visually attractive rather than comfortable, but the clever use of space and good ergonomics in the interior actually makes it look more like a luxurious Lexus, Car Advice has reported.
The Toyota C-HR's engine will have different configurations for markets in Asia, Europe and America. For the test vehicle, it's a 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine capable of 114 hp and 136 lbs/ft of torque from 1500 to 4000 rpm. It will sprint from 0-60 in 10.9 seconds. Not bad for a crossover. It comes in either six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
In Europe, the Toyota C-HR will most likely have the hybrid version running the Prius system. Since the vehicle was originally designed for the European market before it was decided to be released worldwide, Toyota will release the complete set of engine details on each market soon.