The Toyota C-HR small SUV is the latest model in the automotive giant’s range to gain a hybrid powertrain.
The hybrid option comes as part of the two-year-old C-HR’s first upgrade that includes a subtle facelift, and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto displayed on a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen.
Revealed yesterday in Europe, the 2020 Toyota C-HR is slated to arrive in Australia in December with the new 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain taken from the Corolla hybrid.
This will initially be offered in only in the 2WD C-HR Koba spec, which currently accounts for more than half of all local C-HR sales.
That spec will still be available with the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will also continue to power the rest of the C-HR range.
Toyota claims the 2WD C-HR Koba hybrid delivers a combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 4.3L/100km, compared the petrol version’s 6.4L/100km.
Along with the new powertrain option, the upgraded C-HR features a range of exterior design enhancements including a revised bumper treatment, new LED headlights and taillights and fresh alloy wheel designs.
COMPARISON: Toyota 2WD C-HR v Honda HR-V VTi
Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota was committed to increasing the availability of its advanced hybrid drivetrain across a broader range of cars, to give as many customers as possible the option of a refined and fuel-efficient petrol-electric powertrain.
“And clearly it's something our customers appreciate with hybrid accounting for nearly 45 per cent of Camry sales, 40 per cent of Corolla hatch sales and nearly 40 per cent of new RAV4 sales over the past three months.”