Since 2009, Toyota has been dominating the premium SUV segment with the Fortuner. Now, the Japanese carmaker aims to foray into the premium crossover space with all-new Toyota CH-R (Coupe High-Rider). The company might give the first glimpse of the vehicle at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Though, no official statement has been made on the same.
First previewed at the Paris Motor Show in 2014, the Toyota CHR concept attracted much attention from visitors. The production version of the crossover stands remarkably true to its concept avatar. Wearing coupe-like lines and sporty stance, it appears more dynamic than other cars in its segment.
Toyota’s premium crossover – CHR is designed on TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that said to provide three key areas of design, dynamics and powertrain. Upfront of the crossover represents the evolved Toyota’s Under Priority and Keen Look design identity. It gets slender upper grille, aggressive headlamp clusters and signature badge.
What further enhance its masculine and sporty appeal is diamond architectural theme with pronounced wheel arches. It also gets blacked out rocker panel stretching towards the front and rear wheels. The bold shoulder creases are running through to the front and rear.
The C-pillar integrated rear door handles, skeletal frame rear spoiler, top-hinged tailgate and LED taillamps further enhance its couple-like appearance. Dimensionally, the Toyota CH-R measures 4350mm in length, 1795mm in width and 1565mm in height with a wheelbase of 2600mm.It’s ground clearance stands at 180mm.
Based on the new ‘Sensual Tech’ design concept, the interior of the Toyota CH-R is laden with high-tech functionality and premium comfort features. The crossover gets an 8-inch display audio touch-screen display with improved HMI (Human Machine Interface) with Toyota’s Multimedia 16-inch navigation platform. All operating switchgears are easy access.
The Toyota CHR has new two-tiered front seat design with supportive lower area, sporting upper section. Similar to the exterior, the cabin has diamond theme which can be noticed in the door trim pattern, JBL speaker grilles, the headliner and the needles of analogue instrument dials.
Features such as piano black and satin silver trim, switchgear illumination and clear blue instrument add more to its sporty appeal. The interior design comes in three shades – Dark Grey, Black/Brown and Black/Blue.
Toyota CHR brims with lots of high-end comfort and safety features including a smart entry system, bespoke upholstery, heated seats, a pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering control, adaptive cruise control, road sign assist and more.
Globally, the Toyota CHR is available with two powertrain options – a 1.2-litre turbocharged and a petrol hybrid unit (1.8-litre petrol + electric motor). The former generates 113bhp with 184Nm, and the latter one is good for 168bhp and 305Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual, automatic and a CVT unit. Technical specifications of the India-bound CH-R are yet to be revealed.
In Toyota’s India carline, the CH-R will be positioned below the Fortuner. With Hyundai Tucson in its sight, this premium crossover is estimated to come within in price range of Rs 13 lakh – Rs 18 lakh.