- Toyota C-HR could be unveiled soon in India.
- Toyota might start local production of C-HR later on.
- Toyota C-HR could be introduced in hybrid mode in India.
Toyota has been planning to launch new vehicles in the Indian market for the past few years. Recently, the C-HR crossover was spotted with heavy camouflage with Karnataka number plates at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, fueling the speculations that it might be launched in India soon. Though, Toyota has opted not to participate in the 2020 Auto Expo, which starts from February 5, so it can unveil the India-spec model at later stage.
Being the first Toyota vehicle to be based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, it flaunts a coupe-like design which is way ahead of the conventionally designed cars sold in the Indian market. The company might introduce it as CBU initially but could start local production later at its facility in Bidar if the demand is overwhelming. And, even if Toyota doen't opt for heavy localization, then the least it can do is retail it as CKD product. The 5-seater crossover could be priced in a range of Rs 15-18 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).
Mechanically, the global model of Toyota C-HR is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol motor which generates maximum power output of 144bhp and peak torque of 188Nm. The engine is linked to a eCVT gearbox which sends the power to the front wheels. It comes with three driving modes: Sport, Normal and Eco. The India-spec C-HR, in all likelihood, will be presented in a hybrid avatar with the 1.8L petrol engine and an electric motor. The combined power output could exceed 120bhp. Expect the C-HR to be offered in a fully-loaded variant in the country.