Sunday, 25 November 2018

2018 TOYOTA C - HR: Both Cool and Staid

Sub-compact SUVs are new to the automotive market. Consumers like their dimensions, the ability to drive all four wheels and the outstanding practicality of the five doors. Add to this the ubiquity in the category of four-cylinder engines scarce in fuel and it is easy to understand why they have gained so much popularity.

To some extent, it is surprising that while Buick, Chevrolet, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and many others have seen encouraging sales results, the name Toyota was so clearly absent in the fight. Abandoning the Scion brand, from all things, would force the manufacturer to enter the category of sub-complexes. Originally, the plan was to introduce a new crossover to the automaker under the name Scion. In the end, Toyota has just modified its plans and vehicle, and voila: 2018 Toyota C-HR!

A radical look
Conservative, because Toyota's approach to styling was for many years, in Scion it was a different story, with a bold and much more open approach to aesthetic aggressiveness. This is a long way to explain the courageous C-HR figure.
Personally, I think this look is innovative and interesting. It's true that for aesthetic reasons, the rear windshield is relatively small, the hatchback is steeply sloping (which reduces the load space), and the visible rear lights will probably cost quite a penny to replace it, which is worth thinking, because they benefit from additional protection side. On the other hand, the Toyota C-HR is offered with a two-tone body and boldly designed alloy wheels.
Such bold thinking is aimed at satisfying the Millennial, the market segment to which C-HR is supposed to occupy. Its interior is characterized by a bit the same boldness, though with a bit more restraint. The origin of the Scion vehicle is also visible, with the overall appearance and style that evokes this brand (exhibition: unusual steering wheel). The front seats are quite comfortable, but the passengers in the back seats will depend on the good will of those in the front to give them more leg room. Seats could be made with more amortization, although it is not dramatic.

In general, the Toyota C-HR is relatively spacious due to the compact dimensions. What's more, the quality of the materials is acceptable, the finish is quite good. However, you can not miss the startling omission of some features that seem to respond to the needs and expectations of the hyperlinked Millennials. For example, there is no Apple Car-play or Android Auto connection or navigation system. Even the modest Chevrolet Spark offers it all, as well as WI-Fi. Toyota welcomes the efficiency of the Bluetooth system and indicates the backup camera connected to the display screen placed inside the rear-view mirror, which is standard in C-HR.

Modern technologies, sober engine
Like many other global car manufacturers, Toyota has developed a versatile global platform that can be used on several models. No wonder that the new C-HR was built on the basis of Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), thanks to which it has a rigid and modern body. The set includes a redesigned front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. All of these elements combine to create a mechanical configuration that fits well with the state-of-the-art C-HR contours.

Despite all this technology, it's somewhat surprising that Toyota engineers have decided to equip C-HR with such a sober engine, namely a 2.0-liter 2.0-liter engine that produces 144hp and a torque of 139 pounds. This engine, as the only one available, is connected to the CVT transmission with Sport mode, as well as 7 simulated speeds that help in better scaling of the sound level.

Perhaps, to divert consumers' attention from the relatively low power of this engine, Toyota has appreciated the world's first use of a dual-charge coaxial oil pump to modulate oil pressure in response to road conditions. First in the world, but it is unlikely to excite the passions of potential buyers.

There is not much to find a mistake

Of course, the vehicle is made more of Toyota by adding a front grille compatible with the rest of the automaker.
 Toyota C-HR has many excellent features, including a relatively comfortable interior cabin, ultra-modern platform and mechanics that are not only reliable, but can provide good fuel consumption (below 9.0 l / 100 km). What's more, it has many security systems that are not necessarily standard in many competing cars.

The fact is, you're hoping to find yourself behind the wheel of a Mazda CX-3 sports car or one that displays an authentic HR-V Honda SUV, probably disappointed. You also can not equip C-HR with all-wheel drive.


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