Spied- Toyota`s new sub-compact SUV for India

  • Gayatri
  • Thursday | 28th February, 2019

Toyota, a Japanese automobile giant has a wide lineup of vehicles across the globe.

Toyota, a Japanese automobile giant has a wide lineup of vehicles across the globe. In 2018, Toyota spent $10 billion on R&D. Toyota has left no segment untouched. Toyota ranks very high on the global reliability scale.  With millions of vehicles sold over the last 2 decades, Toyota has the highest percentage of vehicles on road today. Toyota has an extensive sales and support network that makes it highly popular and successful in passenger and commercial segments. In India, Toyota has popular models like Fortuner SUV, Altis and Camry sedans. Toyota is planning to launch a subcompact SUV to get a share of India’s booming SUV market. A test mule was spied in the outskirts of Bengaluru. C-HR will be powered by a hybrid powertrain and will be based on Toyota’s latest platform, TGNA (Toyota New Global Architecture). C-HR is predicted to be launched in the year 2020. It will be the second car after the all-new Corolla to be launched on the same platform.

In the global market, Toyota CH-R takes on the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. Toyota wants to launch the all-new subcompact SUV in the Hyundai Creta and the Tata Harrier segment. For a decade, Fortuner has been the sole SUV in Toyota’s lineup. Rivals like Ford, Hyundai, and Tata have sweeped in massive profits from the compact SUV market. Toyota has missed out a lot in the sub-4 meter Compact SUV segment till now.

Toyota C-HR has been designed in such a way that it caters to the needs of a wide segment of customers. The radical crossover styling is attractive for many of the people. The wheel arches are bulgy and the mountain boomerang taillights give it a distinct road presence. It also has a coupe-like roofline which enhances the visual appeal. This is quite a new design from Toyota. Something this bold has not been seen from Toyota for a long time.

Coming to the interiors of Toyota C-HR, it doesn’t fail to impress. The cabin looks funky and comes with soft-touch materials that heighten the comfort. An interesting fact about C-HR is that it has a  coupe-like roofline. However, the sloping roofline does not ruin the space for the rear passengers. The entry and exit even for the tall passengers remain easy. The roofline is cleverly designed to offer enough headroom.

Toyota C-HR uses a hybrid powertrain that comes with a 1.8L engine and an electric motor. Both these engines will give a combined power of 122 horsepower. The torque output is also high and the combination of the electric motor and petrol-powered engine will give better fuel efficiency too. The use of hybrid powertrain will cut down the operating costs of the car compared to other rivals.

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