The Toyota C-HR is a relatively fresh car in the the global market. Introduced in its home market in 2017, it's barely two years old but Toyota has decided it's time for a refresh, even in its relatively young life cycle.
So for 2019, the Toyota C-HR gets exactly that, a refresh. Granted, the changes won't be spotted in a passing glance, but a closer look reveals all the tweaks for this year. Also, they have introduced a TRD Sportivo Aerokit, further highlighting the updates.
Zoom in at the front, and you'll notice the faux skid plate on the apron. Bumper corners on the other hand have been redesigned, and a pair of chrome garnishes surround the corner air intakes. As for the rest of the front end, it remains largely similar to the current C-HR. That being said, the faux skid plates are part of the TRD Sportivo Aerokit.
Enhancements to the sides are a bit more pronounced, mainly dominated by thicker body cladding. The said cladding rises higher on the fenders and quarter panel, complementing the big, unpainted plastic molding on the doors. Those fender extensions are part of the TRD Sportivo Aerokit. What is new are the alloy wheels, replacing the contrast color scheme of the current model with a more conventional single-color, five-spoke set. As for the rear, it carries over unchanged, unless the kit is ordered.
There are no visual changes on the inside. However, the infotainment system has been given updated tech. Toyota says there's more functionality, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now compatible to the new software.
Engines are also carried over from the existing C-HR. There's the 1.8-liter mill with 140 PS and 171 Nm of torque. There's also a hybridized version of the same 1.8-liter engine. The electrically-assisted powertrain has less power than the conventional gas engine, making 123 PS and 142 Nm of torque. Both engines shift via a continuously variable transmission although the boosted 1.2-liter engines (sold in other parts of the world) can be specified with a six-speed manual.
Will the Toyota C-HR make its way here? For now, it seems unlikely as the Toyota Motors Philippines has a B-segment high-rider here, the Rush. That being said, there's a lot of new cars rolling out of Toyota this year.