Toyota’s popular C-HR has been facelifted, with minor styling changes and a probable new 2.0-litre engine
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One of Singapore’s most popular crossovers, the Toyota C-HR, has been facelifted, and the updated version brings some minor styling changes, as well as a potential new 2.0-litre engine to the line-up.
Local distributor Borneo Motors have not confirmed the exact specifications nor availability of the facelifted C-HR for Singapore, but in other markets like Europe, the car gets a new 182bhp 2.0-litre hybrid powerplant, which complements the existing 120bhp 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain that’s currently available.
Officially, Borneo only sells the 1.2-litre turbocharged non-hybrid petrol variant with 114bhp, which is likely to remain unchanged with the facelift. The 1.8 hybrid C-HR is sold here through parallel importers however, and it remains to be seen if the 2.0-litre version will make it here through the same channels.
Other changes to the facelifted C-HR are relatively minor, with only a slightly redesigned front bumper and LED lights. The lower front lip is also now painted in the car’s body colour, and there are new alloy wheel designs, but aside from that, the C-HR’s design remains broadly similar from before.
Inside, the C-HR gets an updated multimedia infotainment system with a new 8-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The system is also able to receive over-the-air updates for the navigation system.
Mechanically, Toyota says that it has slightly tweaked the C-HR’s steering for improved feel, and has also reduced the car’s Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels through added insulation. It also claims that it has tuned the suspension design of the 2.0-litre model for a more comfortable ride.
As stated earlier, Borneo Motors have not confirmed when the facelifted C-HR will be made available for sale here, or if it’s bringing in the new 2.0-litre hybrid variant. Our best guess is that it might probably be here before the end of the year, with prices unlikely to fluctuate much from current levels.
The C-HR will have its work cut out though, as it’ll have to contend with not just its biggest local rival here, the Honda HR-V, but also a slew of new competitors, such as the recently-launched Mazda CX-30.