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Published on November 10th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair

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Toyota CH-R GR Sport Brings Sportier Looks & Better Tyres

The funky and fun looking Toyota C-HR just received a GR Sport variant in selected markets. The C-HR GR Sport is not just an aesthetic package, as some very minor modifications have been made to enhance the vehicle’s dynamics.

It’s unlikely UMW Toyota will bring this version of the CH-R to Malaysia. In fact, we’re not even sure if the Thai plant where our CH-Rs come from will end up producing this spec. But anyway, in case you’re interested in what the CH-R GR Sport brings to the table, here’s a quick rundown.

Performance

  • Model-bespoke suspension system and steering tuning
  • 19″ Continental Premium Contact 6 (225/45) that’s lighter than the 18″ but with the same rolling resistance and similar vehicle CO2 emissions
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Aesthetics

  • Black emblem background (front and rear)
  • Black headlamp housing
  • Piano Black centre bumper, front fog lamp surrounds, reflector surrounds
  • Dark chrome grille
  • New front spoiler and rear under-bumper trim garnish
  • Unique 19″ two tone alloy wheels
  • GR SPORT logo at the rear
  • New Dynamic Grey finish with a black roof (model exclusive)
  • New Cool Silver cabin finish
  • Alcantara-trimmed leather or all-fabric seat upholstery
  • GR-inspired Red and Grey stitching theme
  • Perforated leather steering wheel
  • Red stitching accents on steering wheel and gear lever selector
  • GR Sport scuff plates
  • GR SPORT emblems
  • GR stop/start button
  • GR digital start-up animation

Here’s the press release with more information about the equipment on this version of the C-HR. Just a reminder, the pre-facelift model had a TRD variant which seems a lot more performance-oriented than this. But we’re not sure if that variant was ever sold.

PRESS RELEASE

With the introduction of a new GR SPORT model, the 2021 Toyota C-HR line-up brings greater refinement, exclusivity and prestige to the striking design language and outstanding dynamic performance that has already awarded the company’s C-SUV segment iconic status within the Toyota model range.

Inspired by Toyota’s performance-focused GR models and the livery colours of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, the new GR SPORT adds sharper exterior and interior styling to the C-HR’s already striking appearance.

Exterior

The bespoke frontal treatment of the Toyota C-HR GR SPORT includes a Black emblem background and headlamp housings, a Piano Black finish to the centre bumper and fog lamp surrounds, a dark chrome grille and a new, more aggressively styled front spoiler.

To the side, Piano Black door moulding inserts are complimented by a model-unique 19″ alloy wheel design. And the rear features a Black emblem background, Piano Black reflector surrounds, a bespoke under-bumper trim garnish and the GR SPORT logo.

The GR SPORT is available in a choice of nine exclusive bi-tone colour schemes, including a new, model-unique Dynamic Grey finish with a black roof.

Interior

On board, the GR SPORT features a new Cool Silver cabin finish and a choice of alcantara-trimmed leather or all-fabric seat upholstery, both enhanced by a GR-inspired Red and Grey stitching theme. Further bespoke elements include a perforated leather steering wheel rim, red stitching accents to both the wheel rim and the gear lever gaiter, model unique scuff plates, the GR SPORT logo, a GR stop/start button and a GR start-up animation in the driver’s instrument binnacle TFT screen.

Equipment Specification

The GR SPORT’s comprehensive equipment specification also includes privacy glass, smart entry, LED high beam headlamps and auto-fold door mirrors, whilst the main options list includes power operation and heating to the front seats and an outstanding JBL audio system.

Driving Dynamics

Model-bespoke tyres and suspension system and steering tuning have been designed to perceptibly improve the GR SPORT’s dynamic behaviour whilst retaining the ride comfort levels of the rest of the C-HR model range. A premium tyre, the new 19″ Continental Premium Contact 6 (225/45) increases front axle grip levels and cornering stiffness, resulting in improved yaw resistance and less understeer when subjected to the same G-force. The new tyre is lighter than the current 18″ fitting yet offers the same rolling resistance and similar vehicle CO2 emissions

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