Toyota New Zealand has today confirmed that the next-generation C-HR will go on sale locally early next year.
Some of its other new styling cues include short overhangs front and rear, a “super-coupe” side profile, and a set of 19-inch alloy wheels.
The model has been developed entirely in Europe, including its high-voltage battery pack for the hybrid system.
When the new C-HR lands, Kiwis will be able to choose from two electrified powertrains, including a front-wheel drive 1.8-litre hybrid that makes 103kW and a 2.0-litre hybrid producing 145kW, as found on the GR Sport variant.
Alongside improved fuel economy and a reduction in emissions compared with the previous model, the new compact SUV doubles the use of recycled plastics inside which earns it some extra sustainability brownie points.
The driver has been given a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster which can be configured to their liking with three presets, while a second 12.3-inch screen for the infotainment system sits in the centre of the dashboard. Other features include an onboard voice assistant as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
“The C-HR has gained a loyal following among New Zealand buyers looking for a sharply styled small SUV and this all-new model takes its dynamic good looks, performance, and features to an even more premium level, befitting its European origins,” says Steve Prangnell, Vice President of New Vehicles at Toyota New Zealand.
Toyota New Zealand will release further specification and pricing details closer to the launch of the new C-HR in early 2024.