The hottest car market segment around the world is about to get a key competitor. Toyota will start to sell its B-segment crossover, the C-HR, by the end of 2016. While it does not put the car in its dealers around the world, the Japanese carmaker is slowly disclosing its details. Such as the interior and its dimensions.
The C-HR is 4.36 m long, 1.80 m wide, 1.56 m high (in its hybrid version) and has a wheelbase of 2.64 m. It is built over the new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the same modular one that is used in the latest Prius. And which will also be used by the next generation Corolla.
The hybrid version uses a 1.8 4-cylinder 2ZR-FXE engine with Atkinson cycle. In the Prius, it produces 71 kW at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Its electric engine generates 53 kW and 163 Nm, but the total output is a disappointing 90 kW. On the other hand, thermal efficiency is said to be around 40%.
If you prefer a more conventional powertrain, it will also be sold with a new 1.2 litre turbo engine, which delivers 85 kW and 185 Nm. It is equipped either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or with a CVT. The other engine option is a 2.0 4-cylinder engine, able to produce 110 kW. Its exclusive transmission is the CVT and it will only be sold in Ukraine and Caucasus initially.
The interior of the C-HR is very similar to the one presented by the Corolla. The differences begin with the 8-inch touchscreen that pops out of the central console. It is highlighted by a blue lining that contours the entire cabin, giving it a sense of unity.
Toyota claims it features a perfected HMI (Human Machine Interface), making it easier to deal with Toyota’s multimedia navigation platform. And also putting all controls within easy reach for the driver and the front passenger, even if they are driver-oriented.
Check below more images of the interior of the car. Toyota expects to sell 100,000 units of it every year only in Europe. Expect it to be also for sale in the USA, Asia and Latin America.
Can the C-HR surpass the Corolla as the best-selling vehicle from Toyota? We would bet on that, especially with the SUV and crossover frenzy the world faces today. And probably in the years to come.