The booming SUV market is diversified into categories like premium SUVs and non-premium ones. The latter is occupied with vehicles like the Honda HR-V and the Nissan Juke in the compact segment. Apparently, Toyota has also joined the heat with its new C-HR. Having made its global appearance earlier this year, the company recently has released official images of the compact crossover. Exterior Built on the company’s modular TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the C-HR features what the company call as ‘Coupe-High Rider’, with diamond architectural cues around the car. The front fascia heralds the latest interpretation of Toyota’s Under Priority and Keen Look design philosophy. It gets slim upper grille that meet up with the car’s angular headlight clusters. The headlights bulging shape forms swooping lines on the fenders, down the side panels and ending at the tail lights. The arrow-shaped tail lights form a flanking effect for the tailgate, which features more lines and a tiny spoiler. Interior The C-HR’s cabin although gets a fresh design, it is however constructed with smoother and fluidic lines as opposed to the dramatic lines on the exterior. Beside the driver-focused cockpit is an 8-inch colour touchscreen on the centre panel, framed by blue trims (hybrid variant). 3 colour schemes available for the interior design – dark grey, black/blue and black/brown. Engine Depending on the market it will be sold in, the C-HR will be available with 3 different powertrain packages. The first one is the 8NR-FTS 1.2-litre turbo 4-cylinder, producing 113hp and 185Nm of torque, transmitted via a 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission or a CVT, with a choice of 2- or 4-wheel-drive for the CVT. Next up is a 2.0-litre CVT variant, fitted with a Dual VVT-i 4-cylinder engine punching out 145hp and 187Nm of torque. This variant will likely make its way to our market if UMW decides to do so. As for the hybrid powertrain, the C-HR will be powered by a 1.8-litre VVT-i Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder unit, paired to a pair of electric motors, the same package found on the new Prius. Safety For certain markets, the C-HR is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense as standard, which consists of a Pre-Collision System (including Pedestrian Recognition), Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Parking Assist System and Road Sign Assist. Production of the C-HR has already begun for the European markets, to be followed by North America before reaching the Asian markets.