When Nissan introduced Juke back in 2010, almost all people frowned at it. ‘Weird’, ‘quirky’, ‘fugly’, those comments out from people (especially car guys) when looking at it for the first time because of its ‘unique’ exterior design. But who cares, it’s still selling like hot cakes worldwide. People still buy it because want to look different on the street. And seems like Toyota follows that recipe in introducing its latest crossover, C-HR at 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Previewed by concept cars with the same name which made its debut at 2014 Paris Motor Show and 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show for updated version, the production spec still bring the exterior design language from concept version. The result is a quirky looking compact crossover. Compared to concept, Toyota’s designers redesigned in some parts so that C-HR looks more humanize but stays close to concept.
Up front, you can see redesigned headlights that features LED Daytime Running Lights. In the center of grille, there’s a smaller Toyota logo. The front bumper gets new design with smaller air dam but Toyota keeps the A-shaped just like its study version. Toyota re-positioned and redesigned its fog lights from above the air dam to under it and from boomerang-shaped to just circle form. Disappointing.
From side, you can see that 2017 C-HR is lower than the concept spec. But the Japanese carmaker decides to stays to C-HR Concept in line design business. But there’s no sharp windows line for rear passenger anymore, the car company has changed it to a more normal line. The door handle for rear doors are still hiding in C-pillar. At the rear, Toyota keeps bulging-style for its taillights. The designers redesigned C-shaped LED taillights with more conventional look. Moreover, the rear bumper also gets a new form along with reflector lights which is smaller. Now, the license plate moves to above the bumper and the automaker also adds a rear fog light in the center of bumper. No more fat design at the rear of C-HR. Overall, the production version of C-HR is looked more conventional than its concept but it’s still weird if it’s compared to its rival.
2017 Toyota C-HR is powered by various engines, including a hybrid option. Toyota offers a petrol engine 1.2 liter turbocharged producing 114 hp which is connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox or CVT transmission. There’s also 2.0 liter that is mated only to CVT for certain markets. The C-HR hybrid brings latest Prius engine 1.8 liter delivers 122 hp. I expect to see Toyota offers diesel engines for Europe countries.
The compact crossover is not only will compete with Nissan Juke, but also with Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Mazda CX-3.
Text: Andhika Pradityo