Toyota updates popular C-HR

Toyota C-HR receives design and specification upgrades

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota C-HR

When it was launched in 2016, the Toyota C-HR pioneered Toyota’s expressive design language and New Global Architecture platform construction. The visually appealing crossover challenged traditional Toyota perceptions while offering a refined driving experience, engaging dynamics and a grownup feel that makes it comparable to premium segment vehicles. Thanks to a variety of updates and enhancements in the last six years, the C-HR has continued to represent an incredibly capable product offering.

For 2022 the C-HR is once again treated to a variety of updates. The most noticeable exterior change is the addition of 18-inch directional alloy wheels that are now fitted to the Plus and Luxury grade models. These wheels are fitted with 225/50/R18 tyres, while a space saver spare wheel enhances luggage capacity.

Grade line-up

The existing three-grade strategy remains and includes the 1.2T, followed by the Plus and Luxury variants. 

New colours to choose from

The colour line up has been revised, with the adoption of colours that were previously only available on other Toyota models, such as Celestite Grey, as well as a variety of striking new options. Standard and Plus models offer buyers a choice of 10 exterior paint finishes, which include Midnight Purple, Fierce Red and Eclipse Black options. Luxury models are available in a charismatic bi-tone configuration that features a black roof, with nine combinations to suit every buyer’s persona. 

Under the bonnet

The acclaimed 1.2-litre turbocharged engine continues to do duty under the bonnet and is well loved for its mid-range punch and cruising ability, whether paired with a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. While it produces 85kW and 185Nm across a broad rev range, it uses as little as 6.3 litres per 100km of fuel.

Specification and features

All C-HR models offer a comprehensive level of specification. Standard grade models boast daytime running lights, auto LED headlamps and exterior colour coding, air-conditioning, electric power steering, 4.2-inch multi-information display and front 12V power outlet.

An eight-inch touchscreen audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, Bluetooth and USB provisions as well as a reverse camera display.

Plus variants gain front fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, leather steering wheel trim, cruise control and dual-zone climate control.

Luxury grade models inherit Park Distance Control and Intelligent Parking System, keyless start, partial leather interior, Bi-LED headlamps with sequential turn signal operation, side mirrors with a retractable function and LED fog lamps.

Comprehensive safety suite

All C-HR modes are fitted with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Assist Control and Trailer Sway Control. Standard and Plus models feature front driver and passenger, side, curtain and driver-knee airbags alongside seatbelt force limiters and Isofix attachments. 

Luxury models build on that with the addition of Toyota Safety Sense which incorporates a Pre Collision system, auto high beam, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring as well as adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and lane trace functionality.

Model range and pricing

All C-HR models are sold with a six-services/90 000km service plan and three-year/100 000km warranty.

C-HR 1.2 T R429 000

C-HR 1.2 T Plus R465 200

C-HR 1.2 T Plus CVT R479 100

C-HR 1.2 T Luxury CVT R554 500