Toyota’s new C-HR is one of the most radical models they’ve produced in years and Mike Duff from Car And Driver had a chance to test drive one.
Originally developed as a Europe only model, those of you living there have a choice of three powertrains; a 114 hp 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, combined 121 hp 1.8-liter hybrid, and a 144 hp 2.0-liter four. Only the 2.0-liter engine paired with an automatic transmission will be available in the States and maybe the other two powertrains will be available at a later time, but for now the US-Spec C-HR is restricted to one engine.
Because the 2.0 liter wasn’t available at the European launch, Mike didn’t get chance to test drive it. What he did test drive was the 1.2-liter turbo with a peak torque of 136 lb-ft that’s available from 1500 rpm to 4000 rpm. It may have a low 5600 rpm redline, but the midrange torque and standard six-speed manual gearbox makes it feel faster than the manufacturer estimated 0-62 mph time of 11.4 seconds. There’s even a rev-matching function to smooth out downshifts.
As for the hybrid variant, it pretty much drives like a Prius, just more quiet thanks to the electrical assistance.
Car And Driver’s sales prediction for the Toyota C-HR is around 100,000 units a year in Europe and another 100,000 globally. With the C-HR’s swoopy design and surprisingly spacious interior, Toyota may actually hit those sales numbers.