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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

Miggi is the managing editor of VISOR. Professionally speaking, he 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.