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Published on November 10th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair

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Toyota C-HR 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 C-HR to Malaysia. In fact, we’re not even sure if the Thai plant where our C-HRs come from will end up producing this spec. But anyway, in case you’re interested in what the C-HR 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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