Over in Europe, Toyota has just updated the radical looking C-HR crossover, featuring a new hybrid powertrain option, refreshed exterior styling and infotainment system as well.

The highlight of this update is the new powertrain option. Toyota has added a 2.0-litre Hybrid Dynamic Force system to the C-HR lineup, pushing out 184 hp to the front wheels – a 44 hp increase from the existing 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated engine we get here in Malaysia.

This 2.0-litre hybrid engine is sourced from the global versions of the Toyota Corolla and Auris Hybrid, which claims to do 4.7 l/100km on the WLTP cycle. However, Toyota has yet to publish the official fuel consumption figures on the C-HR. 

Toyota has also refined the handling of the stylish crossover, with a retuned electric power steering for a claimed improved steering feel, and improved ride comfort. 

On the exterior styling, Toyota gave the compact SUV a subtle makeover with new LED headlights and taillights. At the front, the daytime-running lights (DRL) are now integrated with the turn indicators, creating a single “eyebrow” above the main beam. Meanwhile at the rear, a gloss black spoiler joins the two LED combination lights to create a cleaner look. 

Other exterior visual changes include a new painted lower front lip, as well as a new alloy wheel design.

Moving inside, the C-HR receives a new infotainment system, supporting the latest versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – something us Malaysians have already received this year – as well as over-the-air map updates. Toyota has also included a cabin noise reduction package as standard across the range.

UMW Toyota, Malaysia’s sole distributor of Toyota vehicles, has not disclosed any updates to the CBU Toyota C-HR. However, Toyota Australia announced that the refreshed compact crossover will begin sales in December. 

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