The next generation Toyota C-HR is coming to New Zealand with Toyota claiming the stand-out quality and status of its predecessor will be taken to an even higher level, with the new C-HR offering a range of hybrid electric powertrains with increased power.

The new C-HR was conceived in Europe and is being built there exclusively, including assembly of its high-voltage batteries. The first of the 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 (you can read DriveLife’s launch article here and our review here). 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.

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.

Toyota 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, and still has a 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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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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