The wait is over! Toyota's stylish C-HR SUV has received a sporty boost as the first model in Australia to receive the GR Sport makeover.
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Inspired by Toyota's performance-focused GR models, the new GR Sport variant elevates the front-drive C-HR GXL, adding a hybrid powertrain as well as dynamic design elements, a sportier suspension and larger 19-inch alloy wheels.
Toyota's in-house performance division TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has injected its passion into the new model, starting with an aggressive sports body kit that sets the new model apart from the rest of the C-HR family.
The front design, reminiscent of the GR Yaris, incorporates a more powerful look with a squared front bumper featuring an aerodynamic lip, a bold lower grille, thick horizontal bar and revised fog lamp bezels that sit lower than on the standard C-HR.
Sporty upgrades extend to exclusive 19-inch dark smoked alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres, high-grade LED lighting front and rear, and piano black finish for the rear lip spoiler, mirror caps and door garnishes.
The striking exterior is completed by white brake callipers with GR logos on the front, and GR emblems at the front, side, and rear.
C-HR GR Sport adopts sharper driving dynamics with revised suspension components that lower the car by 15mm overall to 1550mm. It also sits 12mm closer to the ground with a running ground clearance of 125mm.
Shock absorber damping force, coil-spring rates and stabiliser bars have been tuned to improve control of body roll and pitch.
A new centre brace boosts body rigidity and contributes to a more direct steering response.
The sporty theme continues in the cabin with body-hugging black leather-accented front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dark silver highlights around the instrument panel and door garnishes, piano black surrounds for the centre console and power-window switches, and a GR-branded ignition button.
TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY
In addition to the 90kW (combined) hybrid powertrain, standard features in the C-HR GR Sport include satellite navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electronic park brakes, rain-sensing wipers, keyless smart entry and start, and a 4.2-inch colour multi-information display. The in-car entertainment system consists of a six-speaker multimedia system with 8-inch touchscreen display.
Toyota Safety Sense technologies include a pre-collision safety system(2) that can detect pedestrians night and day as well as cyclists in daylight. Other electronic driver assistance supports turning at intersections(2), emergency steering(2), lane tracing with steering support(2) and road-sign recognition (certain speed signs)(2).
Additional safety features include blind-spot monitor(2), rear cross-traffic alert(2) and a reversing camera.
C-HR GR Sport will be available in five colours(3) plus the $450(1) option of a black roof on three of the paint hues: Crystal Pearl, Hornet Yellow or Feverish Red.
C-HR GR Sport benefits from the Toyota Service Advantage(4) capped price servicing that costs just $200 per service with 12-month/15,000km intervals
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1 Manufacturer's recommended retail price provided for media purposes only. Statutory charges or other on-road costs not included. Optional colours or features at additional cost.
2 Driver-assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your owner's manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
3 Toyota Australia reserves the right to vary or discontinue the current interior and exterior colours, trims and colour/trim/model combinations.
4 Applies to standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) for 5 yrs/75,000kms (whichever occurs first) up to a max. 5 services. Excludes government & rental vehicles. For details see your Toyota dealer or visit toyota.com.au/advantage.