Toyota C-HR can get a high-performance version of GRFebruary 13, 2020
It is reported that the compact crossover Toyota C-HR may receive a more powerful version from the sports division of the Japanese brand, which received the designation Gazoo Racing.
After the recent rumors that the guys from the Toyota Gazoo Racing sports division are working on a more powerful version of the Corolla sedan, reports began to appear that a similar version could be presented for the C-HR crossover. The foreign edition of Auto Express first reported such rumors, although it did not say where this information came from. If this is truly true, the C-HR GR crossover could be the second high-performance model of the Japanese company, released before 2023.
The publication suggests that the C-HR will use an upgraded version of the 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the compact Toyota Yaris hatchback.
Its power is 257 or 268 horsepower, depending on the country where the car is sold. “A senior Gazoo Racing executive” told Auto Express that the engine can be used in a wide range of applications with different output characteristics.
Crossover GR C-HR may be the latest version for the first generation of one of the funniest crossovers on the market, or it may be the starting model for the second generation, which will debut in 2021. In any case, this new product will receive the Toyota TNGA platform, which underlies almost all modern Toyota models.
Just as the high-performance GR Corolla will compete with the Ford Focus ST and Hyundai i30N, the CR C-HR crossover will confront the American Ford Puma in the “charged” version of the ST, the German VW T-Roc R and other similar cars.
Toyota said it is serious about the performance of its cars, as it turns into a brand more attractive to young buyers. This does not mean that we will see many new powerful sports cars from the Japanese automaker in the near future.
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