For many years the Toyota Prius has been the undisputed leader in the Japanese domestic market. However, the first half of 2017 saw a different Toyota at the throne, and it’s none other than the Toyota C-HR.

Since its launch in 2016, the coupe-like compact crossover won the hearts and minds of Japanese buyers. And in the first six months of 2017, Toyota sold a record 79,303 units of the C-HR, with approximately 13,168 units shifted (highest in all six months) in April alone.

JDM C-HR can be had with two choices of powertrain: the 112 hp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and the Prius-sourced 1.8-litre Atkinson-cycle hybrid mill. The Toyota C-HR starts from 2,516,400 yen (approximately RM96k) for the base 1.2-litre petrol to 2,905,200 yen (approximately RM110k) for the priciest hybrid variant. They all come packed with Toyota Safety Sense as standard.

Can’t wait to get your hands on this hot subcompact crossover? It was just recently previewed at an event hosted by Carlist.my, but the bad news is we might need to wait till 2018 before it’s officially introduced here. When it does, it will be locally assembled at UMW Toyota’s new RM2 billion production plant in Klang.


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Travis Chang
Formerly spamming articles about cars and motorsports on this site until the day-job caught up. While the day job remains as exciting as a certain beige sedan, writing about cars could be his closest display of showing passion on cars until he gets either a Bimmer, or an Hachiroku one day...