The new Toyota C-HR GR Sport is the latest model to receive stylistic and dynamic inspiration from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s world championship-winning motorsport activities. Due to be introduced in 2021, the new grade blends the established appeal of the C-HR crossover with extra sports styling, as well as revisions to the suspension and steering for sharper performance.
Toyota C-HR GR Sport: exterior
GR Sport grade presents a powerful presence with a black finish around the headlight and fog light housings, the central bumper section, and oval Toyota emblems. The grille has a contrasting dark chrome finish and there is a more prominently styled front spoiler.
The assertive look continues with black trim on the lower door mouldings and new turbine-style 19-inch alloy wheels which have a black and machined-face finish. At the rear, black trim surrounds the combination lights and reflector surrounds, and there is a new arrow-shaped under-bumper trim. Subtle GR Sport badging completes the look.
Bi-tone paintwork is included as standard and there are eight body colours to choose from, including a new Ash Grey and black roof combination that is exclusive to the GR Sport.
Toyota C-HR GR Sport: interior
GR Sport models are equipped with a silver decoration line running across the dashboard and a choice of fabric or Alcantara-trimmed leather upholstery, both of which feature red and grey stitching.
The three-spoke steering wheel has a perforated leather finish with red stitching, a combination that is also applied to the shift lever gaitor. The evocative GR logo is presented on the scuff plates, stop-start button, and the start-up animation in the driver’s multi-information display.
The equipment specification provides rear privacy glass, smart entry, LED headlights, heated front seats and auto-retracting door mirrors. Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with navigation and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also provided as standard. A nine-speaker JBL Premium Sound audio system is available as an option.
Toyota C-HR GR Sport: dynamic performance
The C-HR GR Sport is available with both 1.8- and 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains, both of which deliver sharper driving dynamics to match their sporty looks, while preserving ride comfort.
The front and rear springs have been stiffened by 10 and 15% respectively and the shock absorbers have been tuned for increased damping force, particularly on the rebound. The larger diameter anti-roll bar that’s used in the 2.0-litre model has been applied to the 1.8-litre model to reduce body roll and improve pitch control. The steering system has also been tuned for better response and the GR Sport rides on model-specific tyres.
Pricing and further specification details will be announced nearer the on-sale date in early 2021.