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New Toyota C-HR hybrid revealed, Australian release date set for early 2024


Second-generation C-HR ditches petrol-only engines for a choice of two hybrids, though plug-in power not for Australia…yet

Toyota this evening revealed its second-generation C-HR small SUV, with an Australian release date fixed for the first half of 2024.

This time around, the Toyota C-HR will be offered locally only with hybrid engines – with Aussie buyers scoring a choice of 103kW 1.8-litre or 145kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder, petrol-electric hybrid drivetrains.

Toyota CHR 2024 silver front end
The new C-HR is very similar in size to the outgoing model, and retains some of its design cues

Later, the C-HR is widely tipped to be joined in Toyota Australia’s SUV lineup by a BZ Compact SUV model that will be slightly bigger than the hybrid C-HR – which is very similar in size to the outgoing model at 4360mm in length.

The addition of a second, more powerful and AWD-equipped hybrid engine – exclusively for the range-topping C-HR GR Sport grade – could herald a new strategy for Toyota where multiple hybrids of varying output are offered in single model grades.

Toyota CHR 2024 dashboard
A digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch touchscreen are fitted

It could, for instance, foreshadow the current Corolla small car lineup receiving the C-HR’s uprated 2.0-litre hybrid – as it does in Europe – to supplement the 1.8-litre hybrid shared by the two small cars.

On the C-HR front, the second-gen car evolves the lines of, but remains true to, the fastback design theme of the original model that arrived on Australian shores in 2016.

Toyota CHR 2024 rear end black
The decision to drop petrol-only power was driven by customer preferences, Toyota says

The decision to drop non-electrified, petrol-only engines was motivated by customer demand, the Japanese brand said.

“Our customers are demanding more and more hybrid models and this all-new C-HR is the first Toyota in Australia to be offered with hybrid-only powertrains,” said Toyota Australia’s vice president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley.

Toyota CHR 2024 rear lightbar

The front-wheel drive (FWD) 103kW 1.8-litre hybrid will serve as the engine for the entry-level GXL and premium Koba grades. Tech changes have seen power increased from 90kW in the outgoing car, but the basic engine is the same.

Meanwhile, the C-HR GR Sport has all-wheel drive (AWD), and steps up to the same 2.0-litre hybrid found in the Corolla Cross. In C-HR application, the dual-motor hybrid system makes 145kW of combined power.

Toyota CHR 2024 side profile
A choice of FWD or AWD will be available to buyers

Outside, wheel sizes of up to 19 inches in diameter will be offered, while an infrared-reducing panoramic sunroof will be available. Bi-tone paint colours will be optional.

Cabin tech will include wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto presented on a 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen.

Detailed specs, fuel economy claims and prices will be released later.

Toyota CHR 2024 range shot
Coming in the first half of 2024: the new Toyota C-HR