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Next generation C-HR hybrid coming to NZ pushes sustainability further

The next generation Toyota C-HR is coming to New Zealand with the stand-out quality and status of its predecessor taken to an even higher level.

Boasting a daring new design, and advanced technologies, the new C-HR offers a range of hybrid electric powertrains with increased power, and greater driveability.

The new C-HR was conceived in Europe and is being built there exclusively, including assembly of its high-voltage batteries. The first of these exciting new C-HR models will arrive in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2024.

Toyota C-HR broke the mould of SUV design with its coupe-like lines when it was launched in 2017. These are rendered even more sharply in the new model with its “super-coupe” profile. The front of C-HR presents the new face for Toyota SUVs, seen also on the all-electric bZ4X due to arrive in early 2024. The look is keen and piercing, with a sense of the car being ready to surge forward.

Toyota New Zealand Vice President of New Vehicles, Steve Prangnell, says the all-new C-HR had taken a significant step up in terms of its standout styling, performance, hybrid electric powertrains and premium features.

“The C-HR has gained a loyal following among New Zealand buyers looking for a sharply styled small SUV and this all-new model takes its dynamic good looks, performance, and features to an even more premium level, befitting its European origins,” Steve says.

The all-new model builds on the success of the 1st generation C-HR with its bold, sophisticated styling, new generation hybrid electric powertrains, higher levels of safety and convenience features, and with improved driving characteristics, C-HR is set to broaden its appeal.

The new C-HR is marginally shorter and wider than the current model giving it a striking, sporty, and planted stance on the road, that is further enhanced by its coupe-like profile, short overhangs, and up to 19-inch alloy wheels.

Two powertrain options will be available in New Zealand – a 1.8 litre engine coupled with latest hybrid electric technology in a Front Wheel Drive format available in three grades and a 2.0 litre hybrid electric All Wheel Drive GR Sport configuration.

In keeping with Toyota New Zealand’s determination to continue reducing its tailpipe carbon emissions from its portfolio, only hybrid electric powertrains will be offered for the new C-HR. With a combined maximum power output of 103kW, the new 1.8-litre hybrid electric powertrain offers almost 15 per cent more power than the current version. The GR Sport boasts a 2.0-litre hybrid electric powertrain with a total power output of 145kW.

While the new powertrains are designed to help improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 tailpipe emissions, the new C-HR also features other innovations and measures to help reduce its carbon footprint. Compared to its predecessor, the new generation C-HR has double the content of recycled plastics – used in more than 100 different parts.

More local specifications and performance data of the new C-HR will be confirmed closer to the local launch in early 2024.

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