Toyota Australia has confirmed the updated C-HR range will arrive in December with a hybrid powertrain option and a new infotainment system.
The hybrid powertrain will only be confined to the range-topping Koba grade in front-wheel drive guise. Toyota says front-drive Koba models make up nearly half of all C-HR sales.
The C-HR will use the 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid system found in the Corolla and Prius. It offers a combined 90kW of power and is matched to a CVT automatic. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is listed at 4.3L/100km.
All other C-HR variants will continue to use the 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 85kW and 185Nm. It’s also matched to a CVT. The six-speed manual that was previously available looks to have been dropped from the updated range.
Along with the hybrid option, the upgraded C-HR range will feature new LED headlights, tail-lights and alloy wheels.
On the inside, all variants get the new-generation 8.0-inch multimedia system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota was committed to increasing the availability of its advanced hybrid drivetrain across a broader range of cars, to give as many customers as possible the option of a refined and fuel-efficient petrol-electric powertrain.
"We now offer hybrid power in some of our most popular models including Camry, Corolla hatch, Prius and RAV4, and its addition to C-HR will further broaden its appeal," Mr Hanley said.
"Our customers are demanding an alternative powertrain that delivers strong performance, refinement and low fuel consumption, and hybrid answers that need.”
"And clearly it's something our customers appreciate with hybrid accounting for nearly 45 per cent of Camry sales, 40 per cent of Corolla hatch sales and nearly 40 per cent of new RAV4 sales over the past three months," Mr Hanley said.
Toyota Australia is yet to announce pricing, full details are expected prior to the December launch.
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