Toyota is trying to expand its product portfolio and it is also keen on appealing to the urban buyers with a penchant for stylish vehicles. The small crossover segment is laden with plenty of options. The 2019 Toyota C-HR from Toyota aims to be a crossover but it also has attributes of a hatchback.
With its aggressive styling and emphasis on safety features, Toyota aims to woo peppy urban buyers with small families. First revealed in 2017, the model is getting a revamp for 2019.
2019 Toyota C-HR Interior and Exterior Styling
The exterior styling of the upcoming 2019 Toyota C-HR is bold and aggressive- to say the least. The blend of the curve and sharp creases and stylish wheels appear enticing. It is sold in colors like ruby flare pearl, blue eclipse metallic, black sand pearl, silver knockout metallic. Two-tone hues can be added at extra cost. There are 2 trims- XLE and XLE premium. The cabin is decent but you can spot some cheap plastics in XLE trim. There are cup holders and a few small bins to store small items.
The infotainment setup used in the car lags behind what rivals from stables of GM and Ford offer. There is no Smartphone support yet. Navigation is not included as well. A single USB port in the cabin is also something buyers will grudge about. The sad thing is there are not too many customization choices or packages. However, you still get a few upgrade choices.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR gets good safety technologies and decent amenities. XLE trim gets 18-inch wheels, rear spoiler, automatic headlights, rearview camera, variable intermittent windshield wipers, Acoustic noise-reducing front windshield, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Remote keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 2-zone automatic climate control, 7-inch touchscreen, HD radio. Safety features include ten airbags, traffic-adapting cruise control, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The XLE Premium trim adds heated front seats, power-folding mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, integrated fog lights.
2019 Toyota C-HR Engine Specifications
Both the trims of 2019 Toyota C-HR are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain mated with a continuously variable transmission which makes 144 HP. This is adequate for city driving needs and fuel economy is quite good. It comes with EPA city/highway fuel economy of 27/31 mpg.
The ride is not exactly sporty but you will not feel the car to be sluggish either. The sad thing is AWD is not there- even as an option. This is where most rivals get an edge over the 2019 Toyota C-HR. There are 3 driving modes to select from.
2019 Toyota C-HR Hybrid Version
The new 2019 Toyota C-HR model will also have a Hybrid powertrain. The 1,8 DOCH 4 cyl engine with 105 lb-ft at 3600 rpm will be paired with an electric motor. The electric motor will provide 53 kW with 120 lb-ft. This combination will produce a net output of 121 HP. However, we must mention the Nickel Metal Hydride pack that is now lighter and comes under the rear seat floor. The estimated city/ highway is 58/53 mpg.
2019 Toyota C-HR Price and Availability
The exact release date of 2019 Toyota C-HR is unknown but it could be in late 2018. The base model 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE comes with the starting price of around $23,500. The price will including the $1000 destination charge. If you go for the XLE Premium version with blind-spot monitoring, fog lights and keyless ignition the price will increase to 25,500.
Summing it up
The new Toyota C-HR is a sporty small hatchback that aims to be a small crossover. The styling is quite bold and ride quality is ideal for target buyers. Toyota has included enough safety features to evade collisions as well. However, the cabin is not the category best and choosy buyers may complain about lack of amenities. Still, it offers enough punch for the price tag. The most direct competitor is Honda HR-V. There is also another one rivals like Mazda CX-3 and the Kia Soul.