Exploring the 2020 Toyota C-HR: design and technology

We look at how the 2020 Toyota C-HR’s characterful design has been refined and where the latest technologies have been applied.

The Toyota C-HR was designed to be one of the most distinctively good-looking vehicles within the crossover segment. With this revision for the 2020 model year, its characterful appearance has been gently refined and the interior upgraded with higher quality materials and new technologies. Here we detail some of these appreciable changes.

2020 Toyota C-HR design: exterior

As Toyota’s design language continues to evolve, you will notice that the distinctive character lines of the new Toyota C-HR have been refined and executed with a softer touch.

At the front, the crescent-shaped lower lip is now colour-coordinated, while the fog lights have moved from the lower grille to the far extremities of the bumper to emphasise the car’s purposeful stance and increase the width of the lower air intake. The headlights have also been subtly redesigned with an attractive new light signature that positions the daytime running lights above the main beam projectors.

Focusing on the opposite end of the Toyota C-HR, the rear light clusters continue to stand proud of the bodywork but now connect with one another via a sleek spoiler that bridges the width of the car. Now equipped with LED lamps, the new ‘hockey stick’-shaped light signature is more expressive and the indicators now feature sequential illumination.

Three new body colours are available – Scarlet Flare, Satin Grey and Scorched Orange – while Dynamic (and for a limited time Orange Edition) model variants offer additional visual appeal by contrasting the body colour with a gloss black roof and A-pillars.

All grades are equipped with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, with Icon grade receiving a new 17-inch design in a silver finish and Dynamic grade receiving a new 18-inch design with a contrasting dark grey and machined alloy finish.

2020 Toyota C-HR design: interior

You will notice that the distinctive character lines of the new Toyota C-HR have been refined and executed with a softer touch

Feedback from existing Toyota C-HR owners has been overwhelmingly positive regarding the car’s attractive cockpit design and airy feel. So rather than make sweeping changes to the design, for the 2020 model year we have focused on improving the visual and tactile quality of interior surfaces and switchgear.

As a result, all contact areas on the door panels are now soft to the touch, while the Toyota C-HR’s familiar diamond design theme has been extended to many of the switches. To improve usability and visibility, the central eight-inch multi-media touch screen has been angled more towards the driver and supplemented by physical short-cut buttons and rotary dials for easier adjustment on the move. Perhaps the most divisive element of the dashboard – the separate digital clock – has been removed and integrated into the screen for a cleaner appearance.

The front seats have been reconfigured to offer more support for the lower back and now feature stronger bolsters to better hug the body. Height adjustment has been added to the front passenger seat, while power adjustment is now standard on Excel models.

Specific interior finishes are linked to grade choice. On entry-level Icon grade, the interior is upholstered in black fabric with grey stitching, accented by a metallic decoration line across the dashboard and door panels. Design grade switches the stitching for blue thread. Dynamic grade adds blue fabric accents on the shoulders and thigh bolsters of the seats, plus a striking anodised blue decoration line. Finally, Excel grade features leather upholstery and a soft silver decoration line.

2020 Toyota C-HR: on-board technology

The 2020 model year ushers in Toyota’s latest multimedia system, which offers improved connectivity and functionality by incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications. An additional benefit is that it allows over-the-air updates, so there is no longer a need to visit a Toyota dealer or use intermediate devices to access the latest software updates.

Another important element of the in-car entertainment system is the availability of a tailor-made JBL Premium Audio system, which comprises an eight-channel, 800W stereo amplifier and nine speakers for concert hall sound quality.

Learn more: How Bruno Mars tunes helped develop the Toyota C-HR’s JBL sound system

Interestingly, this high-end sound system was not an afterthought; it was engineered-in from the start. As a trusted audio partner for almost 25 years, JBL was involved early on in the Toyota C-HR’s design stage in order to ensure this system was optimally tuned for this unique environment. Such attention to detail is one of the reasons why JBL audio systems are used in 80% of the world’s live concerts, 70% of all recording studios, and 90% of all THX-certified cinemas.

Learn more: Introducing the 2020 Toyota C-HR
Learn more: Exploring the 2020 Toyota C-HR – powertrains
Learn more: Exploring the 2020 Toyota C-HR – driving dynamics and safety


    1. Hi Mandy,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We currently have no news to share regarding potential retrofit options at this time. As soon as we have updates, we will share them across our blog and social channels. Thank you for your patience.


  1. Hi, given that the 2020 CH-R now has the option of Android Auto and/or Apple CarPlay; can you at least say whether (if not when) newer UK Corollas will have this? I’m not alone in saying that this is a deal-breaker for many people considering this car. Were it not for that I’d be ordering a Corolla Touring Sports immediately.

    1. Hi Adrian,

      Corolla ordered from 1st November have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard.

      In advance, congratulations on your new car 😉


  2. It’s good to see that the Corolla ordered from 1st November have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard. Will this apply to the Prius also?

    1. Hi Jack,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We have no news to share regarding Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for the Prius at this time. Please keep an eye on our blog and social channels for the latest updates.


  3. Getting a brand new Chr excel in Pearl white Jan 21. Does the excel have led rear lights with sequential rear indicators the book say yes but some people say no?. 1800

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for getting in touch, and congratulations on your new C-HR!
      The Excel grade of the MY20 C-HR comes with both rear LED lights and rear sequential indicators.

  4. Hi, Got my order in for the C-HR Design for a March collection. I have read about the auto parking and auto braking when passengers or other vehicles are close is included is this correct?

    1. Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your comment, and congratulations on your purchase.
      The Design grade of the MY20 C-HR comes with simple intelligent park assist, front and rear parking sensors with intelligent clearance sonar and automatic braking.
      All grades come with a Pre-Collision system with pedestrian recognition.

  5. Are there any pans to give the CHR AN ELECTRIC BOOT I have shut my finger in this boot twice now even Fords have electric boot now and also rain sits in side sills of boot and you get wet when opening after heavy rain . both a problem for me as using boot all the while to go to my customers carrying there curtains i have made good job i have plastic to wrap them in . Come on Toyota you can do better than this

    1. Hi V Hammond,
      Thanks for your commend and feedback.
      We’re sorry to hear that the C-HR doesn’t suit your ideal requirements.
      We are always looking to improve our product offering and will pass your feedback on to our Product team.

  6. Hello, From which registration year onwards has the C-hr got myT app support. To see the vehicle location, to see consumption etc…

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