Toyota has unveiled its new 2024 C-HR, a compact crossover that combines a sleek design, a spacious interior, and a hybrid powertrain that promises to deliver excellent fuel economy and low emissions. The 2024 Toyota C-HR is also one of the first vehicles to feature Toyota’s new e-TNGA platform, allowing for more flexibility and customization in size, shape, and performance.
The 2024 Toyota C-HR is a significant upgrade from the previous generation, which was launched in 2016. The new model has a more dynamic and expressive exterior, with sharper lines, LED headlights and taillights, and a distinctive grille that gives it a sporty and futuristic look. The new Toyota C-HR also offers more color options, including two-tone combinations that accentuate its coupe-like silhouette. The new model is slightly longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor, which improves its aerodynamics and stability.
The interior of the 2024 Toyota C-HR is equally stylish and modern, with a minimalist dashboard, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a digital instrument cluster of the same size. The cabin is also spacious and comfortable, with ample headroom and legroom for both front and rear passengers. The cargo space is generous as well, with up to 19.1 cubic feet of volume behind the rear seats, which can be expanded to 37.8 cubic feet by folding them down. The new model also features a panoramic glass roof as standard and larger rear windows, which make the cabin feel more airy and bright.
The new Toyota C-HR is powered by a hybrid system that consists of a gasoline engine and an electric motor. The gasoline engine can be either a 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 122 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 198 horsepower and 142 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor can be either a 53-kilowatt unit that works with the 1.8-liter engine or an 80-kilowatt unit that works with the 2.0-liter engine. The hybrid system also includes a battery pack that can be either a nickel-metal hydride pack with a capacity of 6.5 ampere-hours or a lithium-ion pack with a capacity of 13.6 ampere-hours.
The most exciting addition to the hybrid lineup is the plug-in hybrid variant, which uses the same 2.0-liter engine and electric motor as the regular hybrid, but with a larger lithium-ion battery pack that enables an all-electric range of up to 41 miles. The plug-in hybrid variant also has a higher combined output of 223 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, which makes it the most powerful version of the 2024 Toyota C-HR.
The hybrid system is paired with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) that optimizes the power delivery and efficiency of the vehicle. The CVT also has different driving modes that can be selected by the driver, such as Eco, Normal, Sport, EV, Trail, Snow, and Charge Hold. The driving modes adjust various parameters such as throttle response, steering feel, suspension stiffness, regenerative braking intensity, traction control, stability control, and battery management.
The fuel economy rating of the hybrid variants depends on the engine size, battery type, and drivetrain configuration. The front-wheel-drive (FWD) models with the 1.8-liter engine and nickel-metal hydride battery have an estimated rating of 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. The FWD models with the 2.0-liter engine and lithium-ion battery have an estimated rating of 44 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) models with the same engine and battery combination have an estimated rating of 40 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The plug-in hybrid models have an estimated 94 mpg-equivalent (MPGe) rating in combined driving.
Safety and technology features
The 2024 Toyota C-HR is not only efficient but also safe and smart, thanks to its array of advanced driver assistance features. The crossover comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, road sign assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2024 Toyota C-HR also offers optional features such as a blind spot monitor, parking assist, head-up display, wireless charging, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Pricing and availability
The 2024 Toyota C-HR is expected to go on sale in the US in early 2024, with a starting price of around $23,000. The crossover will compete with other popular models, such as the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Soul, and the Nissan Kicks. However, the 2024 Toyota C-HR has an edge over its rivals in terms of style, efficiency, and innovation.
The 2024 Toyota C-HR is a crossover that appeals to both young and old drivers who are looking for a vehicle that is fun to drive, easy to park, and friendly to the environment. The 2024 Toyota C-HR is also a vehicle that showcases Toyota’s vision for the future of mobility, with its e-TNGA platform that can accommodate different types of vehicles and powertrains. The 2024 Toyota C-HR is a crossover that is ready for the next decade.
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