Toyota has unveiled a GR Sport version of its C-HR compact SUV.
The new C-HR model is the latest to feature the Gazoo Racing (GR) brand, and will benefit from revised suspension tuning, bespoke alloy wheels, and other GR-inspired trim as a result.
On the outside, the C-HR GR Sport features new headlight housings, a piano black finish to the centre bumper and fog lamp surrounds, a dark chrome grille, and an aggressively-styled front spoiler.
“To the side, piano black door moulding inserts are complemented by a model-unique 19-inch alloy wheel design,” said Toyota.
“And the rear features a black emblem background, piano black reflector surrounds, a bespoke under-bumper trim garnish, and the GR Sport logo.”
Customers will then have a choice of nine bi-tone colour schemes, including a new Dynamic Grey finish with a black roof.
Inside the C-HR GR Sport, a new “Cool Silver” cabin and a choice of alcantara-trimmed leather or all-fabric seat upholstery await the driver.
“Further bespoke elements include a perforated leather steering wheel rim, red stitching accents to both the wheel rim and the gear lever gaiter, model unique scuff plates, the GR Sport logo, a GR stop-start button, and a GR startup animation in the driver’s instrument binnacle TFT screen.”
Privacy glass, smart entry, LED high-beam headlights, and auto-fold door mirrors are additional features on the compact SUV.
Additionally, Toyota will offer an options list which includes heating to the front seats and a JBL audio system.
One of the big changes to the C-HR which allows it to earn the GR Sport badge is its bespoke tyres, suspension system, and steering tuning.
These have been designed to “perceptibly improve the GR Sport’s dynamic behaviour whilst retaining the ride comfort levels of the rest of the C-HR model range”, said Toyota.
“A premium tyre, the new 19-inch Continental Premium Contact 6 (225/45) increases front axle grip levels and cornering stiffness, resulting in improved yaw resistance and less understeer when subjected to the same G-force.”
“The new tyre is lighter than the current 18-inch fitting yet offers the same rolling resistance and similar vehicle CO2 emissions.”
The new model comes off the back of solid success for the Toyota C-HR since its launch in 2016, said the company.
“In its first year, the C-HR sold 120,000 units in Europe, instantly achieving a 10% share of the segment. This success story has continued and today, equipped with a segment-unique choice of 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains, the CH-R is driven by more than 400,000 Europeans,” said Toyota.
No information on the local availability or pricing of the C-HR GR Sport was provided.