Getting to know Toyota’s upcoming compact CUV
We’ve yet to see the production Toyota C-HR small crossover in U.S.-market trim, but at the 2016 Paris Motor Show we were able to briefly check out a Euro-spec model to get an idea of what we can expect. Here are nine interesting things we found.
Check out that behind
Style will play a big role in the C-HR’s appeal, and there are many unique details inside and out to catch buyers’ eyes. Among them are the dramatically sloped rear glass and ducted roof spoiler. The raked liftgate definitely gives the C-HR an interesting shape, but it cuts into cargo space quite a bit.
Having just one spoiler wasn’t enough. The C-HR features a slight spoiler molded into the bodywork at the base of the rear glass. The taillight housing, which sticks out very far from the body, even curves around it.
Inside the headlight housing is a small Toyota C-HR logo. It’s a nice little detail.
More brown cars, please
Brown cars are slowly making a comeback in the U.S., but the color never seemed to go out of style in Europe, where the C-HR will be available in this shade of metallic brown.
Keep it above the belt
The door handles are mounted just about as high as can be on the rear doors. The lever is also positioned horizontally instead of vertically, as in the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, and other vehicles that attempt to hide the rear handle in the C-pillar.
You were just going to stare at your phone anyway
There’s not much window in back, which has the effect of visually thickening the C-pillars. Sitting in back, you’d have to lean forward to look out the window. We also can’t imagine that helps the C-HR’s blind-spot situation.
A sprinkle of style
The C-HR features an interesting textured insert in the door panel. The pattern and color add visual flair to an otherwise basic-looking cabin.
What’s not so basic is the headliner, which gets little depressed squares in the corners.
In Europe, the C-HR features a large freestanding touchscreen with Toyota’s latest version of its Display Audio infotainment system. The resolution is sharp, and the screen is segmented into quarters in a way that somehow looks tidier than Ford’s attempt at a similar arrangement with MyFord Touch.