Toyota has handed its recently facelifted C-HR the GR Sport treatment in Japan, adding some visual and mechanical spice to the little crossover.
From what we understand, Toyota plans to offer the new C-HR GR Sport exclusively in its home market of Japan ... for the time being, at least.
So, what sets the GR-branded model apart from the cooking variants? Well, while nothing’s changed under the bonnet – the C-HR retains its 85 kW/185 N.m turbocharged 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (along with the choice of a 1,8-litre hybrid powertrain in Japan) and six-speed manual gearbox – a handful of sporty bits have been added.
There’s a new centre brace for increased body rigidity, a revised steering set-up and updates to various suspension components (such as the coil springs, shock absorbers and stabilisers).
The GR Sport variant furthermore boasts 19-inch alloys shod in 225/45 R19 performance rubber, along with a fairly aggressive body kit and a smattering of requisite exterior badging.
Inside, you'll likely notice the new leather-trimmed steering wheel (complete with silver stitching and GR branding) as well as more supportive front seats, a GR-branded start button and alloy sport pedals.
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