The facelifted Toyota C-HR is expected to launch in South Africa in April 2020 but the Japanese firm’s local arm has already announced pricing.
As before, the range comprises four derivatives, each powered by Toyota’s turbocharged 1,2-litre petrol engine. The four-pot delivers an unchanged 85 kW and 185 N.m to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission.
While the pre-facelift range started at R352 400 and ran through to R441 900, the refreshed line-up kicks off at R371 700 to R476 600 (see full pricing below).
So, what do you get for the extra outlay? Well, besides the updated styling, Toyota has now included driver, front passenger, side front, curtain and driver-knee airbags as standard across the range (previously, three of the four variants made do with two airbags). All models furthermore feature a touchscreen infotainment system that now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In addition, the flagship Luxury model gains the latest version of the Toyota Safety Sense package, which includes items such as a pre-crash system, adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and a parking assist function.
Cosmetic updates are led by the adoption of what Toyota describes as a “bolder face” featuring a wider, more aggressive grille complemented by new LED headlamps (standard across the range) and a body coloured spoiler lip. The taillamps, meanwhile, are now connected by a gloss black strip. Plus and Luxury variants ride on 18-inch alloy wheels, while the base model comes fitted with 17-inch steelies.
As before, the C-HR features a three-year/100 000 km warranty and a six-service/90 000 km plan.
Toyota C-HR 1,2T: R371 700
Toyota C-HR 1,2T Plus: R403 000
Toyota C-HR 1,2T Plus CVT: R415 100
Toyota C-HR 1,2T Luxury CVT: R476 600
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