2020 Toyota C-HR gains extra hybrid

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Toyota has revealed its 2020 C-HR crossover, which brings a host of updates, including the introduction of a more powerful hybrid model.

2020 Toyota C-HR

Launched in 2016, the crossover has sold 120,000 units in Europe, of which eight out 10 were hybrids.

In line with this, the updated model follows the new Corolla in adopting Toyota’s dual hybrid strategy, giving customers the choice of a new-generation 1.8-litre hybrid system or a more powerful, all-new 2.0-litre powertrain.

It also features enhanced driving dynamics, more refined interior and exterior design, and an upgraded HMI (Human Machine Interface) featuring the latest multimedia technology.

The new 2.0-litre system produces 184hp – up 50% compared to the 122hp 1.8-litre hybrid – with CO2 emissions from 118g/km (WLTP) and uses an all-new petrol engine that achieves a maximum thermal efficiency of 41% – said to mark the world’s highest level for a mass-produced engine – increasing its efficiency. As a result, consumption only increases by 10% compared to the smaller hybrid despite the 50% uplift in power.

It also brings updated suspension and improved NVH, improved ride and new levels of driving dynamics, according to Toyota.

Meanwhile the 1.8-litre hybrid is now equipped with a smaller, lighter and more powerful lithium-ion battery pack while maintaining its 109g/km emissions (WLTP).

Depending on the market, the 2020 Toyota C-HR is also available with a 116hp 1.2-litre turbo engine, with CO2 emission from 154g/km (WLTP) and combined fuel consumption from 6.9l/100 km (WLTP).

The 1.2 litre turbo can be married up to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, the latter available with either front- or all-wheel drive.

And finally, a 148hp 2.0-litre CVT-only model will be available for Eastern European markets.

Other changes bring minor front and rear styling updates while the adoption of Toyota’s 2019 Multimedia system now allows full smartphone integration through both ‘Apple CarPlay’ and ‘Android Auto’. Additionally, this system facilitates ‘Over The Air’ map updates to the navigation platform, with Toyota providing a free three-year subscription for these updates, which are available every six months.

The 2020 C-HR is equipped with an on-board communication system, enabling MyT app connected services. This includes a new Hybrid Coaching function, providing personalised coaching message to help encourage more efficient driving.

Toyota Safety Sense is fitted as standard across the model range while top-of-the-range models add Adaptive Front light System, Intelligent Clearance Sonar And Rear Cross Traffic Alert with braking function.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.