2018 Toyota C-HR Caught In Thailand Again!

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2018 Toyota C-HR Caught In Thailand Again!

These spyshots have been circulating around Thai social media networks, depicting a undisguised Toyota C-HR somewhere in Thailand, wearing Thai trade plates.

This particular unit seems like a hybrid variant as shown by a 'Hybrid' emblem visible on the side of the compact SUV. The other hint is the slight bluish tint on the Toyota emblem, front and rear, typical of a hybrid Toyota.

The hybrid-powered C-HR features a 1.8-litre petrol hybrid 2ZR-FXE Atkinson cycle engine, capable of 120 bhp and 142 Nm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via Toyota's E-CVT. In case if you're wondering, the Toyota C-HR's powertrain is shared with the Toyota Prius. The electric motor contributes another 142 Nm. 

This model wears 18-inch black machine-finished two-tone alloy wheels, contrasting earlier spyshots from the kingdom which depicted the C-HR wearing smaller 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. 

This unit could be a grey import unit from Japan, as indicated by its plate holder, JDM stickers and rear privacy glass. Countries in the ASEAN region aren't expected to receive the hybrid powertrain, just the regular petrol-powered type. Singapore-bound CH-Rs are expected to come with a naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre VVT-i engine, whilst Australians are limited to just the 1.2-litre turbo variant. 

Closer to home, UMW Toyota Motor has confirmed that they will have four new launches this year, but that does not include the Toyota C-HR. The source mentioned a 2018 launch in Thailand is possible, which likely means that Malaysians will have to wait a little longer. Expect a debut towards Q2 2018. 

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