Toyota has updated its quirky crossover, the CH-R for the model year 2020. Besides the minor styling updates, the 2020 CH-R gets an additional hybrid powertrain.
The design updates include restyled front and rear bumpers, new LED headlamps and new LED taillight clusters. There are three new colors to choose from: Celestite Grey, Red, and Orange. As for dual-tone options, the Gloss Black can be combined with many colors while the Celestite Grey and Black can be combined with Metal Stream (greyish silver).
The interiors of the 2020 CH-R features the latest and updated 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The system also features the e-call functionality for emergency support. Other features include MyT Connected services, and 9-speaker JBL Premium Audio system with Clari-Fi music restoration technology.
The Toyota Safety Sense is fitted as standard across the model range. The system includes a Pre-Collision System (including Pedestrian Recognition), Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.
Toyota says that the new CH-R’s updated suspension system maximizes handling performance when equipped with the range-topping 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain. In addition, measures have been taken to reduce the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) as well. Apparently, there is an improvement at 11 different points, thanks to carefully placed seals, noise insulation and absorption pads.
As for the business end, there’s a new 2.0-litre petrol engine that is claimed to achieve a thermal efficiency of 41 percent. The hybrid system output is 135 kW (184 hp) and 190 Nm of torque. There’s also a 1.8-litre petrol-hybrid powertrain with 90 kW (122 hp) and 142 Nm of torque. It now gets a smaller, lighter and more powerful lithium-ion battery pack.
For those who don’t want a hybrid, Toyota offers a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 85 kW (116 hp) and 185 Nm of torque. It can be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT. The CVT-equipped versions are available with either front- or all-wheel drive. And finally, a 2.0-litre with 109 kW (148 hp) and 189 Nm CVT-only model will be available for Eastern European markets.
One of the interesting facts of the CH-R is that Toyota has sold more than 400,000 units in Europe. For European markets, it is built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey.