At last, Toyota seems to have realized what they’re missing in the compact SUV segment in India which is dominated by Cretas and Brezzas. The company got tempted by the ever growing segment, so much so that they ended up asking Suzuki to supply Brezza to them, in order to sell it with their famous T-badge.
Anyways, back to the topic. An undisguised Toyota CH-R has been spotted testing for the first time in India, at what appears to be near Electronics City in Bengaluru. The black crossover was wearing the Hybrid Synergy Drive badge, suggesting a hybrid powertrain under the hood.
The CH-R was globally unveiled back in March 2016, and is now on sale in several international markets including Europe and Americas. The engine options start from 1.2L to 2.0L petrol while the transmission is a 6-speed manual or a CVT. In certain markets such as New Zealand, UK and its home market in Japan, the CH-R is available in all-wheel drive (AWD) as well (1.2L petrol engine and CVT).
As for the hybrid variant, it is the same 2ZR-FXE 1.8 petrol engine and a 72 hp electric motor that also powers the Prius. Total system output is 122 hp. The hybrid is paired to a CVT that sends power to the front wheels.
Feature list includes automatic LED headlamps with sequential LED indicators, LED fog lamps, 4.2-inch color MID, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, 8-inch touchscreen and an optional 9-speaker JBL audio.
Safety kit includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), 7 airbags, ABS, Brake Assist and TPMS.
There is no official word from Toyota Kirloskar Motor as to when the CH-R would make it to local dealerships, although its unlikely that it would this year.
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