First displayed at the 2017 Test, Drive and Buy Event and subsequently toured around Malaysia and as much hype as it generated, the silver Toyota CH-R was an Australian-spec unit, not an actual representation of what we will be getting here.

At the 2017 Malaysia Autoshow, UMW Toyota (UMWT) displayed a Blue Metallic CH-R that has been adapted to our local Malaysian specification. Yes folks, what you see is pretty much what you get when the much-awaited CH-R officially goes on sale in Malaysia.


Name Toyota CH-R Honda HR-V Mazda CX-3
Length 4,360 mm 4,294 mm 4,275 mm
Width 1,795 mm 1,772 mm 1,765 mm
Height 1,565 mm 1,605 mm 1,535 mm
Wheelbase 2,640 mm 2,610 mm 2,570 mm
Max Kerb Weight 1,497 kg 1,249 kg 1,211 kg
Luggage Capacity (VDA) 377 litres 437 litres 350 litres

Visually, our local spec CH-R mirrors the Australian-spec – projector headlamps with three-dotted LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps, C-Shaped LED taillamps, shark-fin antenna, rear spoiler, hidden rear door handles and 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60 profile tyres. It also gets blacked out wing mirrors and roof as promised on UMWT’s official website.

Inside our local-spec CH-R is furnished with leather upholstery, three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, analogue instrument cluster with multi-info display, electronic parking brake with auto hold, floating infotainment system with localised settings, built-in dash camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, manual levelling seats with powered lumbar support and all four auto-windows.

Motivation comes from a sole 1.8-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder paired to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Safety wise, the CH-R comes with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Blind Spot Monitoring, Electronic Stability Control and a suite of safety features.

A total of six exterior shades will be offered – White Pearl CS, Metal Stream Metallic, Attitude Black while Red Mica, Radiant Green Metallic and Blue Metallic will come with a blacked out roof. Our CH-R will be fully imported from Thailand with prices and launch date to be confirmed at a later date.


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.