First look inside the new Toyota C-HR hybrid

28 Jun, 2016 9:58am Sam Naylor

Toyota's new C-HR hybrid crossover is nearly ready and we've been treated to our first look inside

The Toyota C-HR crossover is bound to win fans when it launches by virtue of its striking exterior design, which melds coupe and 4x4 styling together. Now though, Toyota has revealed the interior of the C-HR, showing it off to potential buyers ahead of the car's debut later in 2016.

Unlike the striking exterior, the C-HR sticks with Toyota convention - ditching the futuristic cabin of the Prius for a more traditional interior. The C-HR has standard dials and gauges with just a small display screen between them - and they're behind the steering wheel, rather than mounted high on the dash as in the Prius. The only real nod to the C-HR's hybrid powertrain is the replacement of a rev counter with an 'eco'-meter.

Elsewhere in the front of the car, an 8-inch tablet-style infotainment screen dominates the dash. It sits atop a neat cluster of vents and climate controls. Toyota says mounting the infotainment screen up high like this reduces the overall height of the dash - improving driver visibility. All controls on the centre console are pointed slightly towards the driver, too - making for a more focused cabin.

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A conventional gear shifter is mounted in the high-set centre console. Adding a little pizzazz though is a blue styling line which runs across the whole fascia and back along the inside of both doors. Elsewhere the cabin is mainly constructed of dark black plastic, although there's some shiny piano-black on the steering wheel and door cards. Dark leather seats complete the look but Toyota has confirmed that this black and blue finish won't be the only option for the interior - Dark Grey and Black/Brown will be available too.

Style-conscious and eco-aware families are the target for the trend-setting new Toyota C-HR crossover SUV. The price has yet to be confirmed, but UK sales are slated to start this summer.

The new model shares the latest TNGA platform with the 2016 Prius, and when fitted with Toyota’s latest 1.8-litre hybrid system is said to emit less than 90g/km of C02, an unrivalled figure for the class. Alongside the hybrid version, the new model will also be available in the UK with a 1.2-litre, 114bhp turbocharged petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or CVT gearbox – the latter available with optional four-wheel drive. A larger 2.0 petrol option will also be offered in some markets, but not here in the UK.

The final design of the C-HR – which will take on rivals like the VW Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai – stays true to the concept versions that have been revealed previously. It’s said to combine the powerful lower sections and raised stance of an SUV, with the slim and sleek cabin profile of a coupe. Toyota describes the eye-catching styling as having a ‘diamond architectural theme with prominently projecting wheel arches to emphasise strength and rigidity’.

As part of the promotional campaign for its new crossover, Toyota recently announced that a racing version would compete in the classic Nurburgring 24hr race in May this year. It will be part of a three-car Toyota factory team that also includes the Lexus RC and RC F.

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