The future is finally here as Toyota announces plans to discharge the 2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid which goes on sale in the spring of next year. The term C-HR is an abbreviation for Coupe High-Rider. It is not sleeker, not wider, not lower, and wears ridiculous taillights. The new model showcases robot styling that embodies languid conventional wisdom as we approach the 3rd decade of this century.
The C-HR hybrid looks weirder in our photos than it does in the metal. It leverages Toyota’s new platform, which is good except that some worthy rivals—Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Juke, Seat Ateca, and Audi Q2—make it almost impossible to compete in this segment. Toyota calls this hatchback a crossover despite it lacking the all-wheel-drive option.
2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid – Designed to Look Aggressive
At first glance, we noticed the exterior design of the 2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid looks aggressive. The new compact crossover appears to be steeply raked and sharply angled with protruding wheel arches. On a closer look, you will realize that the design is curvaceous, making it look a tad fun and approachable with its rounded silhouette
The C-HR slightly mirrors the Nissan Juke and the Honda HR-V although it is more significant than either of those rivals. The inbound C-HR Hybrid has a 103.9-inch wheelbase, which exceeds the Nissan Juke by 4.3 inches. It also measures about 171.2 inches in length, surpassing the Nissan Juke by 8.8 inches
The 2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid has some features that mirror those competitors, such as a foreshortened tail and high-mounted rear door handles. Its profile also seems to reflect the Juke’s crouching chimpanzee style. All C-HRs wear 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/50R-18 all-season tires. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is light, and the communication is surprisingly satisfying
A mechanical package of extreme ordinariness lies beneath the crouching-monkey exterior. Toyota has structured the 2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid using the Toyota New Global Architecture that underpins the ongoing Prius models. The incoming Corolla is likely to share a host of this CUV’s basic engineering when it finally lands at dealers.
Interior and Tech
Regarding the interior, the new C-HR conveys the Safety Sense package, a reversing camera, and a touchscreen. Other useful add-ons also include the rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and intelligent parking assist with two driver aids. All these functions help in realizing a comfortable, relaxed and smooth ride.
2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid – Engine and Battery
The 2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid uses a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, a 1.31-kilowatt-hour nickel-metal hydride battery, and a 53kW electric motor. The entire system is hooked together by Toyota’s renowned e-CVT transmission. This combination yields an output of 120 hp/90kw of power along with 142Nm of torque at 3,600-rpm. The C-HR Hybrid takes 11 seconds to accelerate from 0-62 mph with its speed topping out at 105 mph
Apparently, the pure electric drive is limited given the vehicle carries a small capacity battery pack and a 53kW electric motor. It can only attain one or two miles at speeds below 40 miles per hour. You will reach a shorter range if you make use of the EV button that forces the system to incorporate electric-only drive even under unnecessary circumstances.
2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid – Possible Arrival, Price and Rivals
We’ve had no word yet from Toyota confirming the exact pricing and debut for the 2018 Toyota C-HR Hybrid. However, all indications suggest that the C-HR Hybrid will grace the dealerships in the spring of next year. It will likely start at $30,000, including delivery. This model will take on the Volkswagen Golf GTE, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and BMW i3.