The Toyota C-HR is brand’s rival for the growing subcompact class where we can find other models such as the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, and Honda HR-V. Toyota introduced the funky styled C-HR for the 2018 model year and added new trim options and upgraded infotainment system for the 2019 version. The brand announced recently the electrified C-HR version to be launched in 2020. However, Toyota cited the Chinese market as the target for the C-HR EV. The model is part of the brand’s initiative to launch 10 electrified models by 2020. Toyota hasn’t sad will other markets get this version and when.
So, no signs that the electrified C-HR will hit the roads in the US for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Toyota C-HR is expected to return with minimal changes in the equipment organization and again with the two-wheel drive only. The model will be generously equipped from the base trim and include several advanced safety systems by default. The power will again provide a four-cylinder engine.
2020 Toyota C-HR: Design
The 2020 Toyota C-HR will remain easily detectable in the crowded traffic thanks to its unique and expressive styling. Toyota won’t change the way the model looks while will offer new color options and wheel design.
The C-HR stands out with sharply defined body lines all around the body. The elongated headlights and boomerang-shaped taillights also add to model’s aggressive appearance. The model also gets expressively-styled wheels.
The base version will use 17-inch alloy wheels and upgrade to 18-inch units in the upper grades.
Interior of the model will also stay the same with the less dramatic design than from the outer perspective.
The model will have a driver-oriented dash with contrasting accents and dynamic lines and a large center screen. There will also be comfortable seats which can accommodate adult passengers. The maximum cargo capacity will be 36.4 cubic feet while with the rear seats up there will be 19 cubic feet for cargo.
The base C-HR will come with a long list of the available equipment and buyers will get heated mirrors, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, etc. There will be a number of tech features in the base version including an 8-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system with Apple Car Play and likely Android Auto compatibility, six speakers and more. The base version won’t also lack modern safety equipment. The model will equip adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The upper grade will switch to the larger 18-inch alloy wheels and add a leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, etc.
The best equipped C-HR will include leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, Wi-Fi, HD and satellite radio, automatic wipers and more.
2020 Toyota C-HR: Performance, Efficiency
As the things stand now, the 2020 Toyota C-HR will continue to rely on the single powertrain option in the US. Toyota is bringing the electrified C-HR to the Chinse market exclusively and the model should appear in 2020. Toyota hasn’t talked about model’s powertrain or range but it should use the front axle-mounted electric motor fed by the batteries placed in model’s floor. The estimated drive range suggests it shouldn’t exceed 200 miles.
The Toyota C-HR in the US will again use a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine in the combination with the continuously variable transmission to move its 3, 300 pounds body around the town. The engine provides 144 horsepower and torque of 139 pound-feet. The power is transferred to the front wheels only.
The C-HR will provide good ride stability and handling and there will also be a good response from the steering system. With low ground clearance and without, the all-wheel drive the C-HR isn’t competent for the off-road ride.
As for the efficiency, the small crossover will manage 27 mpg city and 31 mpg highway or 29 mpg combined. That is good but some rivals do better with the combined range of 30 mpg.
2020 Toyota C-HR: Release, Price
The 2020 Toyota C-HR should enter the showrooms late in the year. Toyota will wait closer to the arrival to tell the price. However, the 2020 C-HR should again start around $21, 200 and climb in mid-20,000 with more features equipped.