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The new Toyota C-HR looks like an Aygo X after an allergic reaction

Dramatic new C-HR comes in hybrid or plug-in hybrid forms, and is the first Toyota to get flush door handles

Published: 27 Jun 2023

Back in December 2022, Toyota gave us a look at the C-HR Prologue – a concept that signalled its intention to build a second-generation C-HR. And lo, here is said second-gen C-HR, and it actually looks surprisingly like the concept.

It’s a dramatic looking thing that’s for sure, even if it does look a lot like an Aygo X that has had an adverse reaction to a bee sting.

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We’re told that the C-HR is designed, engineered and built in Europe ‘for European customers’, but details of which versions will make it to the UK will be announced at a later date.

That’s because there’s more than one powertrain on offer. In fact, you can have the second C-HR with a 1.8-litre hybrid setup (from the Corolla, apparently), a more powerful 2.0-litre hybrid or as a range-topping 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid. There are no specific powertrain figures just yet, but we’re told that the PHEV will have ‘true EV capability with a very competitive range’. Expect around 30 miles from a charge, then.

Elsewhere you get a face that’s similar to the bZ4X’s, as well as wheels that are up to 20-inches in diameter and of course that striking two-tone paintjob. Oh, and Toyota is keen to point out that the C-HR is the first car it has ever offered with flush door handles. Not you too, Toyota!

Anyway, inside there’s more drama with a driver-focussed cockpit that features a ‘wing’ design theme. There’s some big screen action in there too, with the option of a 12.3-inch dial display and an 8.0- or 12.3-inch central infotainment touchscreen. That of course gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and like with every new car launched these days there’s an onboard voice assistant who probably won’t understand your accent.

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Toyota says that, compared to the first-generation C-HR there are double the amount of recycled plastics in this new one, including a new fabric for the seats that’s made from recycled plastic bottles.

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