Toyota slightly updated C-HR due to reduced safety ratingOctober 6, 2019
The Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS) was able to evaluate the 2019 model only at the second most important rating – “Top Safety Pick”. Toyota C-HR could not qualify for the highest rating due to the rating of “bad” for the operation of halogen headlights. They were accused of insufficient visibility in both low and high beam. In addition, the main beam created “excessive lighting”, blinding oncoming drivers.
As a result, a version with new headlights will be offered for 2020. Toyota C-HR received LED headlights that resemble RAV4 lighting elements. However, the similarity is likely to be purely visual, as Toyota RAV4 headlights also received a “below average” rating from IIHS. Updated bumpers, a front grille and a rear spoiler were also offered. For some trim levels, the design of the rims was refreshed. New red and orange body colors are proposed that combine with a silver roof. The standard now comes with Android Auto.
It is expected that the updated C-HR will receive the highest rating “Top Safety Pick +”, since a low headlight rating was the only obstacle to this rating.
In the US market, the Toyota C-HR comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 144 hp at 6100 rpm and 189 Nm of torque at 3900 rpm. In the European market, the compact crossover is now available with optional hybrid systems. One of them, equipped with a 1.8-liter engine, increased power to 122 hp. CO2 emissions have fallen to 109 g / km. The second, more powerful hybrid version generates 184 hp; CO2 emissions are 188 g / km.
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