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by Bill P.
Toyota drops a new CUV that could potentially take over the segment. The all-new C-HR is an impressive lil CUV inside and out, a home run for Toyota. The C-HR, unveiled the as a concept three years ago, is Toyota’s innovative take on the hatchback, bigger and more aerodynamic with a stylish compact SUV design and advanced powertrain.
The C-HR could easily replace the popular RAV4 it as the ideal ‘starter’ SUV for millennials and young city dwellers. The whip is small but has fresh 18 inch aluminum wheels, plus its diamond shape gives it a sharp futuristic look. Advancements to the front and rear fascia aid a low coefficient drag.
The 2018 C-HR is offered in XLE and XLE Premium models with available R-Code two-tone paintjob.
The 2018 C-HR’s design is like a low slung stout RAV4 with arrow-sharp Lexus NX side mirrors and LED headlights and taillights. Deep, curvy character lines emerge from the front end flanked by the headlamps, and lead into the narrower core body. They run below the slender windows, and continue above the rear wheel where they marry to a high beltline and distinctive C-Pillar with hidden-type design door handle.
The rear of the C-HR also has arrow sharp taillights that protrude out. And the hatchback is outfitted with the rear lip spoiler and colored-matched wing that tapers inboard.
The XLE Premium model features color-matched door handles with touch-sensor that can unlock and lock the C-HR, plus integrated front fog lights and power side mirrors with puddle lights that project “Toyota C-HR” on the ground.
Aerodynamic elements include stabilizing fins integrated into the taillights, a streamlined lower rear bumper and canards on the rear quarter panels. Those along with rigid covers on the engine floor and streamlined suspension help give the C-HR an impressive .37 drag coefficient.
The C-HR’s driver-focused interior has a blacked out scheme with standard sport-fabric trimmed bucket seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and backup camera. The XLE Premium interior features a heated 8-way adjustable driver seat and heated passenger seat, smart key system with push button start along with the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Drivers of both the XLE and XLE Premium model benefit from noise insulation technology. And each model boasts a 4.2-inch multi info display at the instrument cluster and 7-inch audio display set above the dash. The 4.2 inch semi digi dash shows Eco and Sport modes, outside temp, average fuel economy, trip, G-Force monitor and more.
Both models are equipped with a six-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio™, Aha™ music streaming, USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control, AUX audio jack, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, and Voice Recognition with voice training.