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The Toyota C-HR just got more desirable than ever

And we now really wish it were available in our market

The original car was already very sporty. This one just made things tidier and thus sleeker. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Despite its absence in our automotive market, the Toyota C-HR is one of the most desirable small crossovers among Filipinos who know it. While we’re still dreaming about its possible arrival in our territory, our lucky European friends are about to get their hands on a better version.

We really have no idea why Toyota Motor Philippines refuses to launch this car in our territory. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

According to a press statement, the C-HR has been refreshed, and this upgrade will be first made available in the West. Up front, the crossover receives a new headlamp design—combining the LED lights, the daytime running lights and the indicators in one neat package. At the back, a gloss-black spoiler connects the rear combination lamps for a sleeker appearance.

But the biggest update can be found under the hood. There are now two hybrid engine choices. The first is the improved 1.8-liter hybrid system that’s good for 122hp, and then there’s the more powerful 2.0-liter hybrid with 184hp.

Obviously, Toyota is going all-in with its hybrid engines. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

The changes don’t end there. You’ll enjoy driving the refreshed C-HR as improvements to the electronic power steering and the suspension system strike the perfect balance between ride comfort and good driving dynamics.

Enjoy your music via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Noise, vibration and harshness levels are now significantly lower, too, so you can enjoy a quieter and more comfortable drive around town. The new multimedia system supports the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto versions, and the built-in navigation system is now capable of getting over-the-air updates.

While these changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary, it’s enough to make this well-received crossover even more desirable. Will it forever be just wishful thinking to somehow expect Toyota Motor Philippines to bring in this baby?

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.