Compact SUV Toyota C-HR: Second Generation Introduces Plug-In Hybrid Option

Compact SUV Toyota C-HR in the second generation also as a plug-in hybrid

Toyota has unveiled the second-generation of its compact SUV, the Toyota C-HR, which will also be available as a plug-in hybrid. The car has undergone a model revision to enhance its futuristic appearance and to appeal to European customers. It will be produced exclusively in Europe. The key improvements include advancements in drive efficiency and the addition of a plug-in hybrid drive. Toyota has not yet released pricing details.

The vehicle features a modular drive system that consists of three electric motors and a simplified combustion engine in the Atkinson cycle. This system has consistently provided superior performance compared to its competitors. Toyota refers to this generation as the fifth. The plug-in hybrid version is equipped with a 1.8 and 2.0 liter petrol engine, with the latter also available with all-wheel drive. Toyota Germany has only disclosed the total performance in horsepower, which will be approximately 103 kW, 146 kW, and 164 kW.

Toyota promises a unique driving experience with the plug-in hybrid, with the ability to select different levels of recuperation for a “single-pedal driving” experience. The controller is designed to optimize energy efficiency by identifying the best opportunities for charging through cloud-based navigation. It also features a geofencing function that switches the vehicle to battery operation when entering an environmental zone. The controller aims to achieve the highest possible charge level when approaching an environmental zone. Additionally, the system takes into account comfort and driving dynamics by adjusting steering assistance and gear ratios based on the road conditions.

The battery capacity and range of the new plug-in hybrid model have not been disclosed by Toyota Germany. However, it is expected to be similar to the recently launched Prius PHEV, which has a battery capacity of 13.6 kWh and a range of 69 km in the WLTP test. The C-HR is expected to have a range of at least 60 km. Further details and pricing information will be provided closer to the launch, which is scheduled for autumn 2023. The current C-HR model starts at €31,990, but the prices for the plug-in hybrid version are expected to be higher due to the expensive battery.

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