Toyota Updates C-HR, Adds Android Auto
Some new styling, improved phone connectivity, and new exterior colours.
Toyota is giving its smallest crossover an update for 2020. Some new styling, improved phone connectivity, and some new exterior colours. Plus some new kit available on each of the three trim levels.
The interior changes probably aren’t going to jump right out at you, but most of this nose really is new this year. The headlights have been reshaped inside the lenses (and are LED across the line as standard), the upper black bar has been reshaped, but the bumper is much more heavily updated. The upper portion is taller, the center section is now all black instead of half body colour and half black, and the rectangular grille in the bottom opening has been replaced with a honeycomb shape. The faux-vents at the corners have also been reshaped, and there are new wheel designs. It’s just enough of a change to help keep this little ute that’s styled nothing like the rest of Toyota’s lineup looking fresh.
The refreshed paint choice palette comes with new red and orange colours on the options list, available with a black contrast roof and mirror caps if you want to go two-tone. The white roof is dropped for 2020, replaced with a silver two-tone option that can be had with black sand pearl paint.
New this year, Toyota has added Android Auto compatibility to the 8.0-inch infotainment system. It came with Apple CarPlay already. 2020 brings a new grey headliner on LE and Limited, which should add some airiness to the cabin. XLE Premium brings a new interior colour choice, adding blue. That means a blue instrument panel, center console armrest, blue seats, and blue quilting. Limited can be had with a black and brown interior that makes the instrument panel and armrest brown plus gets silver cluster trim and diamond perforation on the seats. For 2020 Toyota has also added an eight-way power driver seat to the Limited trim as well as adaptive front lights that aim into turns.
Carrying over is Toyota’s Safety Sense P active safety suite. That includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts with steering assist, auto high beams, and radar cruise control. Like last year, the only engine choice is a 2.0L four making 144 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque, backed by a CVT and driving the front wheels.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR should arrive at dealers later this year, with pricing to follow.