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New Toyota C-HR: explained from A to Z

June 26, 2023

Toyota C-HR

The all-new model builds on success of the first Toyota C-HR. The first-generation Toyota C-HR especially added an emotional dimension to Toyota in Europe. Customers responded strongly and more than half cited the styling of the car as the main reason for purchase. Reason enough for Toyota to go all out again with the second generation C-HR. Whether that succeeded? Judge for yourself. At least the compact crossover looks nice and striking.

What about powertrains?

The first question you might have: will there be an electric Toyota C-HR? For now, no. Toyota is planning only hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains for now, but with more power and greater electric range. In the Netherlands, there will soon be a choice of a total of three electrified powertrains. The range consists of a 1.8- and a 2.0-liter hybrid electric (HEV) version as well as a 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) model. 

1.8 Hybrid

The new 1.8-liter hybrid-electric powertrain, also found in the new Corolla, is aimed at eco-performance but has significantly more power than the current 1.8-liter hybrid-electric Toyota C-HR.

2.0 Hybrid

The 2.0-liter Hybrid is an even stronger offering, where higher power should provide more driving pleasure. Specifications will be announced by Toyota at a later date.

2.0 Plug-in Hybrid 

The 2.0-liter Plug-in Hybrid has a system output of 220 hp and enables all-electric driving, but it is not yet known how wide the EV range will be. The PHEV also has a one-pedal driving principle. Thanks to the introduction of a new geofencing feature, the Plug-in Hybrid 220 automatically switches to EV operation when the car enters a low-emission zone (LEZ), optimizing battery consumption throughout the journey. 

Toyota C-HR (2023) Review – Street-legal concept car – AutoRAI TV

Want to know more about the design of this Toyota? Then check out the video below! In that video, we take a closer look at all the special design details of the new Toyota C-HR.


According to Toyota, the new C-HR combines comfort with dynamism. It is not only the powertrains that contribute to this. The suspension, brakes and steering were also redesigned and tuned for an ideal balance of balance, ride comfort and responsiveness. 

Driver assistance systems Toyota C-HR

All versions of the new Toyota C-HR feature the latest Toyota Safety Sense with active safety and assistance systems. Key developments include the new Acceleration Suppression that delays any sudden use of the accelerator pedal when the risk of collision with a vehicle in front is detected. Also new is the Proactive Driving Assist (PDA), which operates at low speeds and provides smooth deceleration when the driver releases the throttle when approaching a slower vehicle ahead or entering a curve. It also offers steering assistance, which recognizes a turn and adjusts steering force to help the driver make a smooth and stable turn. 

An advanced safety package is optionally available, with features such as Lane Change Assist with Front Cross Traffic Alert, a Driver Monitor Camera (which improves EDSS performance), an Automatic High-Beam System with camera support to adjust light distribution. Software updates to the system can be downloaded over-the-air, without the need to visit the dealer. 

Interior Toyota C-HR

The interior of the new generation Toyota C-HR also looks original. All controls are concentrated in the driver’s area, while a horizontal placement of the instrument panel and a “wing” design theme give passengers the feeling that the cabin wraps around them, increasing the sense of comfort. 

Mood lighting

The Toyota C-HR’s ambient lighting – with 64 colors – offers the ability to give the cabin a distinct atmosphere. A program of 24 changing hues has been designed, synchronized with the clock to move from bright morning hues to more relaxing evening hues. The interior lighting also helps improve safety: the audible and visual warnings of the Safe Exit Assist system are enhanced by turning the interior lights red to warn that a door is being opened when there is a risk of collision with traffic or cyclists approaching from behind. The Toyota C-HR is the first Toyota model to benefit from these interior lighting enhancements. 

Toyota C-HR

Also exterior lighting

As the driver approaches his car, he is welcomed by the exterior lights – which also illuminate the new Toyota C-HR light signature on the tailgate. The driver’s preferred settings for the seat position, digital instrument panel, head-up display and multimedia screen are applied automatically. 

Digital instrumentation

The Toyota C-HR has a new all-digital 12.3-inch combo gauge (depending on trim level). The display can be customized to prioritize different content based on the driver’s preference or the type of journey being made, for example by prominently displaying ADAS active feature information when entering a highway. There are three preset layouts that can be adjusted with switches on the steering wheel. The Toyota C-HR will be available with a digital key system, which requires the user to carry only their phone to start the car. 

Toyota Smart Connect 

The Toyota Smart Connect multimedia package is standard and includes an 8- or 12.3-inch touchscreen (depending on trim), onboard voice controls and wireless smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The system provides information on EV range and local charging locations in the POI function. The MyT smartphone app allows users to remotely control car functions, such as the air conditioning system to heat or cool the car before getting in. The high level of innovation in the new Toyota C-HR includes an automatic parking function that is unique in its class. There will be an app for fully remote parking, with the driver outside the car, allowing even more precise maneuvering in confined spaces. 

Also an ECO edge?

Toyota has taken extensive measures to reduceCO2 emissions and make greater use of recycled materials in support of sustainability and the concept of the circular economy. Compared to its predecessor, the new Toyota C-HR contains twice as many recycled plastics – used in more than a hundred different parts. One of these is a new fabric for the seat cover made from recycled PET bottles. The bumpers are made of a new resin material already pre-colored in the mold – an innovation expected to save hundreds of tons ofCO2 . Further savings were achieved through a new automated painting process using water-based paint and by using a new animal-free material as an alternative to leather for the steering wheel trim. 

Panoramic roof 

The fixed panoramic roof has two coatings that keep heat in during winter and prevent overheating in sunny summer weather. This eliminates the need for a conventional sunshade, saving five kilograms in weight and improving headroom by three inches. As an added benefit, air conditioning does not have to be used as much to maintain a comfortable temperature.  

Toyota C-HR Premiere Editions 

The new Toyota C-HR will be introduced with two special Premiere Edition models, offering the highest level of equipment and styling. 

The GR SPORT Premiere Edition adds GR styling details, including a G-mesh pattern for the grille, newly designed 20-inch alloy wheels, GR badges, “Liquid Black” ornaments on the center console and sport front seats with the GR logo embossed on the headrests. The signature color is Precious Silver in a bi-tone+ finish. Other color options will also become available. Equipment includes a head-up display and a JBL Premium audio system. 

The Toyota C-HR Premiere Edition features a signature Sulphur bi-tone+ exterior – other colors will also be available. The interior features perforated leather-trimmed seats with contrasting Sulphur stitching, a head-up display and a panoramic roof.

Prices will be announced by Toyota later in 2023.

Toyota C-HR