First Look – 2018 C-HR, Toyota’s Innovative CUV

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.

2018 Toyota C-HR
2018 Toyota C-HR

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.

2018 Toyota C-HR R-Code
2018 Toyota C-HR R-Code

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.

2018 Toyota C-HR
2018 Toyota C-HR interior

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.

2018 Toyota C-HR center stack
2018 Toyota C-HR center stack

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.

 

 

 

Drivetrain Achieves Balance of Efficiency and Adventure

The C-HR’s powertrain is impressive with its efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder boasting 144 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 139 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. The engine employs many of Toyota’s latest technology like Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and Valvematic. Valvematic offers a broader range of continuously variable valve timing (lift and phasing). The dual-cam engine is matched to a Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift mode (CVTi-S). The C-HR is projected to achieve 29 mpg combined EPA, more efficient that some of Toyota’s sedans.

The C-HR offers a more spirited ride via the manual 7 speed Sequential Shiftmatic in Sport mode. Engaging Sport mode via the MID increases the responsiveness of the throttle, quickens the CVT’s automatic artificial “step-up” shifts, and maintains high engine speed to enhance acceleration. Electric Power Steering is tighter and more responsive in sport mode. And with 11.7 inch ventilated disc brakes in the front and 11.1 solid disc brakes in the rear the C-HR has unparalleled stopping power.

MacPherson strut front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension feature SACH’s dampers with an advanced absorption strategy.

2018 Toyota C-HR
2018 Toyota C-HR

The C-HR receives two Toyota-first features: Driver Distraction Secure Audio (DDSA) and Brake Hold Function. DDSA prevents certain multimedia menus from being selected while the vehicle is in motion by complying with NHTSA’s Driver Distraction Guidelines. Brake Hold Function will maintain braking force at all four wheels at a full stop.

Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) is standard on the C-HR. The CUV is believed to be the only in the class to feature the Pre-Collision System with Active Braking and the Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control standard.

TSS-P is a multi-feature advanced active safety suite that bundles Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function. The safety suite features forward collision warning and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function, Automatic High Beams and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Complementing TSS-P are 10 standard airbags, standard Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and rear backup camera, as well as available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which are only available on the XLE Premium model.

The 2018 Toyota C-HR is on sale now at $22,500 for the base and $24,350 for the XLE Premium. Available colors include Ruby Flare Pearl, Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Black Sand Pearl.

2018 Toyota C-HR R-Code
2018 Toyota C-HR R-Code

All new colors include Silver Knockout Metallic and Blue Eclipse Metallic. The R-Code paint job adds a white-painted roof, side mirrors, and A-pillar to a palette that includes Blue Eclipse Metallic R-Code, Ruby Flare Pearl R-Code, and Radiant Green Mica R-Code.