Toyota’s sporty bent continues in 2023 with the addition of a GR Sport edition of the Yaris Cross joining the Gazoo Racing inspired model offerings. The Japanese car maker is also teasing the next generation of its funky C-HR compact SUV.
Based on the Yaris Cross GXL 2WD Hybrid, the GR Sport introduces styling touches to help it stand out among its siblings, including 18-inch alloys, a new black grille, and some aerodynamic fins on the back bumper.
Black badging all-round and some black mirrors complete the sporty look. Inside, some sporty synthetic leather bolstered seats and black suede-like centres feature. GR logos adorn the head rests and gun-metal trim across the dash gives it a unique look.
Nanoe2 X air treatment to eliminate pollutants coming into the car and an extra USB-C dash port are also included. Re-tuned suspension improves driving feel while also dropping the car by 10mm. Extra bracing is found under the floor to improve chassis rigidity.
The engine is a 1.5-litre hybrid system, pairing a 67kW/120Nm petrol 3-cylinder with two electric generators on the front axle to bump power up to 85kW. Average fuel consumption is 3.8-litres/100km. It’s priced at $35,840 plus on-roads.
First launched in 2016 the C-HR is now ready for its fourth generation upgrade. To showcase the dynamic bold styling and stand out appeal the car maker offers with its funky compact SUV, Toyota have revealed the Prologue concept vehicle.
With a shorter body, a sportier, more aggressive design, with bigger wheels, the Prologue has a smaller grille opening. That’s topped with slimmer headlights and a tri-colour paint scheme consisting of Sulphur over a metal silver and recycled carbon black.
The new C-HR will be available in HEV and PHEV drive train options, strengthening Toyota’s multi-technology strategy for electrification and in achieving carbon neutrality. More details of the fourth generation model will be announced next year.