Toyota has launched the new C-HR GR Sport in the UK – a sportier version of the standard crossover designed to compete with other warmed-up SUVs like the SEAT Ateca FR Sport and the Ford Kuga ST-Line.
Prices for the new Toyota C-HR GR Sport start at £ 31,395 for the entry-level 1.8 liter. The more powerful 2.0 liter model increases that number to as much as £ 33,015.
The redesigned C-HR was designed by Toyota’s in-house tuning company Gazoo. It features a more aggressive body kit with a deeper front splitter, lower diffuser, and some new black door moldings. It also rides on newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels and gets new dark-tinted LED headlights and a black spoiler for the tailgate.
There are also some new black wheel arch trims, a dark chrome grille and a handful of GR Sport badges dotted around the car’s fairings. The exterior makeover is rounded off by a selection of eight two-tone paint finishes – each with a black contrasting roof.
Inside, buyers get a sports steering wheel, door sills with the GR Sport logo and a choice between Alcantara or fabric seat covers – both with red and gray stitching. Also standard are heated seats and a rear sight shield, and a high-quality JBL stereo system is available as an option.
Toyota has also made some chassis tweaks, including stiffer springs and dampers, thicker anti-roll bars, and a redesigned steering system, all of which will help limit body roll and make the C-HR more responsive to ride.
Despite the sporty look, the range of engines for the crossover is based on the production vehicle. The 1.8-liter gasoline engine develops 120 horsepower while the 2.0-liter version has 181 horsepower – and both engines will send power to the front wheels via a CVT transmission, returning claimed fuel economy figures of over 50 mpg.
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