Toyota C-HR to be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platformIn November 2016, Toyota revealed an India-bound SUV, the C-HR at the Los Angeles Motor Show and also at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The company first launched the C-HR in Japan and was recently introduced in the UK and Australian markets as well. In India, Toyota will bring the SUV by 2018 and it may be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
When launched in the country, it will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. Currently, Toyota sells only three SUVs in India, the Fortuner, Land Cruiser 200 and Land Cruiser Prado. All the three models are aimed at a higher segment and in order to bridge the price gap, the carmaker will launch the C-HR which is expected to be priced around Rs 15 lakh, ex-showroom.
The C-HR will be based on Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which is claimed to be rigid while being light and offers impressive handling, stability and comfort. The C-HR measures 4,360 mm in length, 1,795 mm in width and 1,565 mm in height, and it is larger than the Creta (4,270 mm length, 1,780 mm width and 1,630 mm height) and the Duster (4,315 mm length, 1,822 mm width and 1,695 mm height).
The upcoming SUV will be equipped with newly developed McPherson strut suspension upfront and a double-wishbone suspension setup at the rear. The car will also take its inspiration from the “Sensual Speed Cross” Concept and will feature a diamond architectural theme which suggests that it would have a modern and sharp design. Toyota is expected to offer the new C-HR with eight body colour options and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside the cabin, the C-HR is likely to get black and grey interior theme along with a host of features. The instrument console will feature 'soft pads' that extend to the door trims. The Toyota C-HR will also be available with a host of safety features such as Toyota Safety Sense Package, radar cruise control with all-speed tracking, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control, Automatic High Beam (AHB), Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert system.
For India, the Toyota C-HR is expected to come with a 2.0 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce 144 hp of maximum power. The engine will be mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox and Toyota may offer a four-wheel drive system as well.