The Toyota C-HR is a subcompact crossover SUV produced by Toyota. The development of the car began in 2013 that was led by Toyota chief engineer Hiroyuki Koba. The production version of the C-HR was unveiled at the March 2016 Geneva Motor Show and started production in November 2016. It was launched in Japan on 14 December 2016. It went on sale in Europe, Australia, South Africa and North America in early 2017, and in Southeast Asia, China and Taiwan in 2018. The name C-HR stands for Compact High Rider, Cross Hatch Run–about or Coupe High–Rider. Initial production was in Japan and Turkey. The 2018 model year North American-spec C-HR was imported from Turkey, then switched to Japan starting with the 2019 model year.
In Japan, the C-HR is sold at all Toyota dealership sales channels. The Japanese market C-HR is powered by either 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, or 1.8-litre Hybrid. The 2WD models are available with both engines, while the only motor for the AWD models is 1.2-litre turbo. Model grades are S, S-LED, G, S-T and G-T. Models S, S-LED, G are powered with a 1.2-litre turbo engine, while other models by a 1.8-litre Hybrid. LED Package is exclusive for the G and S-LED packages.
The Thai-built C-HR with 1.8-litre 2ZR-FBE engine is sold in certain Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The ASEAN production version was unveiled in Thailand on November 30, 2017 at the 34th Thailand International Motor Expo. For the Indonesian market, the C-HR was launched on April 10, 2018. The Hybrid version was also displayed in Indonesia at the 2017 and 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Shows, and went on sale on April 22, 2019.
Similar to Japan, the C-HR for Europe can be purchased with either 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, or 1.8-litre Hybrid. 6-speed manual transmission is only installed in the front-wheel-drive 1.2-litre turbo. The sole gearbox for the 1.2-litre turbo AWD and 1.8-litre Hybrid is CVT.
For the Australian market, the C-HR is only offered with the 1.2-litre, 8NR-FTS turbo motor. The base model is available in manual transmission as a 2WD only, automatic transmission models may be 2WD or AWD. The high level Koba model is available in both 2WD and AWD variants. The gearbox for the base model is a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or CVT with 7-speed simulated gear. The Koba comes with CVT only, and is equipped with LED headlights, leather seats, heated front seats, and smart entry and start system.
Unique for the North American C-HR is the bigger 2.0-litre 3ZR-FAE naturally aspirated petrol engine which is matched to a CVT gearbox. In North America, it was originally planned to be sold as a Scion before that marque was discontinued. The 2018 model year was only available in either the XLE or XLE Premium model. For the 2019 model year, the C-HR is available in LE, XLE or Limited models.
The facelift C-HR was unveiled in Europe, Australia and North America on 1 October 2019. Along with a new hybrid engine for Europe, it received updated exterior styling including new color options. Android Auto is now standard with a slight increase in price overall. Sales of the facelifted C-HR began in Japan on 18 October 2019, along with the GR (Gazoo Racing) Sport variant of the C-HR.