Toyota serious about its GRouCHeR

Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
 
Words: NZ Autocar
13 Feb 2020

As predicted late last year, Toyota has confirmed that its Gazoo Racing division is to build an angry version of the C-HR compact crossover.

With the rather inelegant name of GR C-HR, aka GRouCHeR, the hotted up SUV should dot down before 2023. Whether or not it is based on the bones of the current car, which has just undergone a facelift, or it debuts second-generation C-HR technology, due late next year, is unclear.

The decision to hot up a crossover might not fit with everyone’s idea of a sports performance vehicle but it will give the company a competitor in an increasingly busy part of the market. Volkswagen has recently released its 220kW T-Roc R while Hyundai’s hotshoe division is readying a Kona N crossover for the market and Ford is said to be tweaking its new Puma for ST status.

It’s most likely that the GR C-HR will share the GR Yaris’ turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, only in a detuned state. Gazoo’s engineers have always said the tweaked engine will be used elsewhere to help defray development costs. The GR C-HR will use Toyota’s TNGA underpinnings, with judicious upgrades to dampers and brakes, and lightweight forged alloys.

Citroen May 20
Advertisement

NZ Autocar Enewsletter

Follow us

 
Citroen May 20
Advertisement

More news