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Jukes aside: this Toyota CH-R crossover turns heads

Jukes aside: this Toyota CH-R crossover turns heads
Deon Schoeman

When Nissan unleashed the concept car-like Juke, it established a crossover segment has been growing in popularity ever since. Indeed, the number of manufacturers throwing a hat into the crossover ring continues to grow.

The launch of the C-HR in South Africa confirms that Toyota is the latest marque to join the fight for crossover sales. The styling of the quirky newcomer makes an instant impression: this is not just a progressive design for Toyota, but one that’s almost concept car-like in its futuristic approach.

The CH-R’s bodywork is saturated with bold, extrovert styling details, including bold wheel arches, sculpted bumpers and a prominent rear deck with embedded tail lights. It certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it is a car that attracts a lot of attention.

The attention to detail continues inside the cabin where even an all-black colour scheme doesn’t succeed in understating the execution’s strong visual appeal. Geometric patterns, as well as a mix of quality materials and decent spec, combine to deliver an interior unique to this class.

Rear passengers may not appreciate the design as much though: thanks to the heavily sloping roofline, getting through the C-HR’s rear door aperture requires some physical adjustment. And once inside, it can feel a little cosier than expected, thanks to a large slab of plastic on the door and a relatively small rear window.

Powering the C-HR is Toyota’s new 1,2-litre turbo petrol motor. While it’s the only engine in the line-up, there is a choice of either a six-speed manual or a CVT gearbox.

We were impressed with the C-HR’s power delivery, even though it’s steady rather than stellar, while

the manual transmission’s slick, positive shift action is a highlight. Steering feel is just right and handling is generally confident, but this is a car that doesn’t like to be pushed too hard.

A full review of the Toyota C-HR will be on our broadcast schedule soon.

Toyota C-HR range and pricing:
1.2T 6MT                R318 500
1.2T 6MT Plus        R345 000
1.2T CVT Plus         R356 000

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