Toyota Australia has announced changes to the C-HR range with the small SUV getting a safety boost for 2021.
Every C-HR variant gets an enhanced autonomous emergency braking system that can now detect pedestrians during the day and night, along with cyclists during the day. The system can also automatically brake the vehicle when turning at intersections to avoid oncoming vehicles, as well as pedestrians crossing the road.
Toyota's Emergency Steering Assist function (ESA) is also included across the range, the tech maintains stability to help prevent the vehicle swerving into another lane during an emergency steering manoeuvre.
The C-HR lane-keeping technology has also been beefed up and now incorporates Lane Trace Assist which provides gentle steering assistance to help the driver keep the vehicle in the centre of their intended lane.
Additionally, the road-sign assist function now indicates speed-limit changes which can be used to reset the vehicle's cruise-control speed.
Range-topping Koba models also get rear cross-traffic AEB that automatically applies the brakes if it detects an imminent collision with a stationary or moving object.
Aside from the safety improvements, the entry-level C-HR is now called the GXL and gains keyless entry and push-button start as standard.
GXL models also feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated and folding exterior mirrors, fabric seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, a 4.2-inch driver information display in the instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam and a rear-view camera.
Moving to the Koba brings leather-accented seats, heated front seats, power lumbar support for the driver, privacy glass and a panoramic view camera.
The hybrid powertrain remains confined to the Koba grade in front-wheel drive guise. It uses a 1.8-litre petrol-electric set-up to produce a combined 90kW of power.
All other C-HR variants use a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine developing 85kW and 185Nm.
2021 Toyota C-HR pricing (excludes on-road costs):
GXL 2WD - $30,915 (+$1375)
GXL AWD - $32,915 (+$1375)
Koba 2WD - $35,165 (+$1225)
Koba AWD - $37,165 (+$1225)
Koba Hybrid 2WD - $37,665 (+$1225)
Premium paint (all grades): $500
Two-tone paint (Koba): $450
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