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Toyota C-HR to take on Nissan and Renault rivals

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Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR will go on sale in January with prices starting from £20,995 and three trim levels.

Order books have opened for buyers looking to purchase the dramatically-styled, mid-sized Toyota C-HR crossover. Prices for the rival Nissan Juke and Renault Captur start at £20,995 and the new Toyotas are expected to arrive in Britain’s showrooms in January.

The Toyota C-HR is also being pitched against the Renault Kadjar, the Skoda Yeti and the Nissan Qashqai, although its bold styling and coupe-type roofline gives it unique appeal. It was first revealed in its production state at this year’s Geneva motor show and was unveiled in concept form in 2014.

Stand-out Toyota design

The designers wanted to create a stand-out Toyota model and the result was the coupe-style build. It gains 20cm in length compared with the Nissan Juke, meaning that it can compete with the Qashqai and will sit beneath the RAV4 in the Toyota line-up.

On the outside, the Toyota C-HR’s stand-out features include its large wheel arches and angular lines. Its impression of width is boosted by wrap-around headlight clusters at the front and this gives it the low body feel of a couple whilst still maintaining the raised clearance which is expected from an SUV. These headlight clusters also feature sequential turn signals and full LED lighting is available.

The rear door handles, meanwhile have been integrated into the car’s C-pillar to disguise their appearance and to add to the coupe feel, complementing the flow in the rear design and the spoiler.

Low emissions and high economy

The Toyota C-HR is based on the Prius and is underpinned by the brand’s New Global Architecture (TBGA). It comes with two power train choices for UK buyers; the latest generation full hybrid 1.8-litre engine delivering 122bhp and emitting 86g of CO2 per kilometre and the Auris’ 1.2-litre 114bhp turbo unit.

The hybrid unit is claimed to return 74.3mpg and shouldn’t incur a road tax bill. Its hybrid components also benefit from a reduction is size and weight, which adds to the intended low centre of gravity of the C-HR.

The 1.2 turbo, meanwhile, can be combined with either a CVT automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox and the CVT offers the choice of four- or front-wheel-drive. The CVT gearbox will also be combined with a 2.0-litre engine, although this model will not be available to buy in the UK.

From the Icon to the Dynamic

There will be a choice of three trim levels; the Icon, the Excel and the Dynamic. At their entry level, the Toyota C-HRs will get 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera and Touch 2 infotainment. Top-spec Dynamic owners will benefit from the addition of privacy glass and bespoke alloys. Every trim level will get traffic sign recognition, automatic high beam and autonomous emergency braking as standard.

The starting price tag of £20,995 is more expensive than the likes of the £18,545 Qashqai and the £17,990 Seat Ateca but Toyota undoubtedly hopes that the C-HR’s striking styling will prompt buyers to spend a little more.

Prices will go up to £27,999 for Toyota’s hybrid model with the Dynamic trim. The top-of-range trim with the turbo, meanwhile, will cost from £25,495 and this falls to £23,995 for the mid-spec Excel trim, which includes heated, part-leather seats, parking sensors, Intelligent Park Assist, keyless entry, 18-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass. Satellite navigation is also included, while the top spec models also benefit from a contrasting black roof and metallic paint, bespoke upholstery fabric and LED headlights.

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