COUNTDOWN is on to the arrival of Toyota's 2017 C-HR small SUV.
The brand dominates the upper large (LandCruiser) and large (Prado, Kluger, Fortuner) SUV segments; the RAV4 is strong in the medium SUV class, but the glaring omission is a player in the small SUV arena: the fastest-growing segment in Australia.
The C-HR (meaning Coupe High Rider) - positioned between Corolla hatch and RAV4 size-wise - is set to change that, and will serve as Toyota's rival to the likes of Mazda's CX-3 and Mitsubishi's ASX. Set to hit our showrooms early next year,
Toyota has released its first official images of the C-HR's interior - its exterior was revealed at March's Geneva Motor Show.
The photos of a left-hand drive cabin reveals a fresh approach for Toyota which it calls a "sensual tech" design, centred on "functionality and fashionable style".
Central on the dash is a high-mounted 6.1-inch touchscreen we're told is standard for Australian models, while as per the C-HR's exterior design, there's a focus on sharp, diamond shapes for switches, door trim pattern and needles for the instrument dials.
Decoratively there's piano black and satin silver trim with blue illumination for instrumentation, but the blue highlights across the dash and door trims as seen in the Euro-spec photos will be replaced by cool grey inserts for Australia. But why? Is the blue too jazzy for we Aussies?
Standard kit for C-HRs on our market includes a reversing camera, pre-collision system, autonomous braking, adaptive cruise and lane departure alert, while optional (or higher grade) kit consists of heated seats, smart entry, 18-inch alloys and bi-tone paint.
Australian C-HRs will be available with front- or all-wheel-drive, and feature a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 85kW and 185Nm mated to a six-speed manual or CVT auto.
Pricing is unconfirmed, but reckon on Toyota's newbie to cost from the low $20,000s to tackle its rivals and extend the brand's SUV dominance nationally.
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