Toyota is still going to move forward with the C-HR, but the Japanese automaker has decided to not include diesel options with their latest crossover.
Originally, the C-HR was going to be offered with a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder diesel in Europe alongside gasoline and hybrid powertrains. That’s no longer the case, but Toyota announced their intent to continue developing that specific diesel engine for other applications at the 2016 Paris Motor show.
Maybe this decision was made in wake of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal or they could have based it off of the Europe CH-R pre-orders. Toyota Chief Competitive Officer Didier Leroy told Automotive News that two-thirds of those pre-orders were for the hybrid variant with the other two powertrains sharing a third of pre-orders. Maybe buyers will change their mind when the CH-R starts hitting showroom floors, but Leroy doesn’t think the "diesel as a must" for the C-HR.
Only a quarter of Toyota’s Europe sales is comprised of diesel models and the automaker may start phasing diesel engines out of that market. In an interview with Reuters, Leroy said that if they were to renew other models today like the Auris compact, "we would probably do the same thing".
If diesel is a must, Toyota does offer it with the Auris, Yaris and RAV4 models.