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Europe gets a GR Sport edition of the Toyota C-HR

And we still don’t even have the regular version

Toyota reckons it can make the already sporty C-HR even more racy. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

One thing we’ve noticed about every single time we make an article or post about the Toyota C-HR is that people seem to be genuinely interested about the car. And what’s not to like about this head turner of a hybrid crossover? It’s stylish, practical, and, more importantly, mechanically bulletproof just like any Toyota. But while our country has to make do with gray import units, Europe gets a “sports” version of the car.

The sports connection ends with the styling. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

That’s right: The C-HR now has a GR Sport badge. And judging on face value alone, this thing doesn’t look half bad. A little black makeup here and some plastic surgery there in the form of redesigned body panels and murdered-out trim pieces make the already rakish C-HR look even more aggressive. And because black practically elevates any car’s sporty styling, the C-HR GR Sport’s wheels come in that color.

The GR Sport branding looks nice but that's about it. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

It’s pretty much the same story inside as well with Gazoo Racing-branded jewelry and a choice of an all-fabric or leather-and-Alcantara upholstery. Audiophiles will be happy to know that a JBL sound system is standard on the GR Sport trim level. It also gets an enhanced version of the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver aids which has a number of additional features like Emergency Steering Assist and Intersection Turn Assistance.

One big question is if we'll officially get the C-HR on our shores. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

While the C-HR GR Sport does have sticky Continental low-profile rubber, there is no mention of a fire-breathing engine under the hood. It can be assumed that customers can spec the car with the usual 1.8- or 2.0-liter hybrid powerplants already in use by the standard variant. The C-HR GR Sport goes on sale in Europe starting January 2021, while our islands have yet to get the regular version from Toyota’s official dealerships.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.