Toyota C-HR spotted: Three things we definitely know about this crossover
The Toyota C-HR has just been spotted in India for the first time. That the C-HR has been spotted undergoing tests in Bangalore, Karnataka may not be a suggestion of its arrival here. However, Toyota may not bring the compact crossover to India any time soon. The pricing and segment placement for the C-HR could be difficult here but it may reach India in its next generation. The Toyota C-HR had made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. While it is not clear what the C-HR is doing undergoing testing in India, here are the things that matter about it:
The C-HR comes underpinned by the same unibody modular platform which is part of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). This platform had debuted in 2015 with the Toyota Prius. Given the pricing on the Prius, this is certainly not a platform made for a price-sensitive market such as India. The same platform also underpins the 2018 Toyota Corolla hatchback and sedan.
Hybrid Synergy Drive
The C-HR spotted here sports the Hybrid Synergy Drive badge, meaning it is powered by the combo of a 98PS 1.8-litre petrol motor and 27PS electric motor. This gives a fuel economy of 30.2kmpl as per Japanese testing norms.
Not coming to India soon
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the Toyota C-HR will be coming to India anytime soon. A vehicle that is not built for the price-sensitive markets, and is being tested in the country could mean that it is being benchmarked for global markets. In addition, it could also mean that the Hybrid Synergy powertrain is being tested or benchmarked to power a future version of the Toyota Corolla hybrid as it does in other markets. With the next Corolla due sometime in 2021, the next generation C-HR might come to India, if at all, after that.