After months of road shows with an Australian market model, UMW Toyota Motor is rumoured to be displaying a Malaysian market specifications Toyota C-HR at this Thursday’s opening of the 2017 MAI Malaysia Autoshow at MAEPS in Serdang.
Unlike the previous display unit used at Toyota road shows, which was a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol model from Australia, the C-HR models that will be shown at the MAI Malaysia Autoshow will feature a two-tone exterior body colour (roof is painted in black), and will be an accurate representation of the car that Malaysian buyers will eventually be getting.
Carlist.my understands that there will be two units on display - a standard model plus a prototype of sorts that has been dressed up in accessories that could potentially be offered to Malaysian buyers in the future.
You can’t however place your booking yet, not officially at least.
The C-HR is only expected to be launched in Malaysia sometime between end-Q1 and early-Q2 next year.
Our C-HR will be imported from Thailand, powered by the same drivetrain as the Toyota Corolla Altis – a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated Dual VVT-i petrol engine, paired to a CVT-type automatic transmission.
Like the Honda HR-V (also a 1.8-litre petrol) that it will be competing against, the C-HR is only available as a front-wheel drive.
Separately, we also understand that the Thailand-market Toyota C-HR will also be offered with a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid that’s borrowed from the Toyota Prius. This particular variant however, will not be offered in Malaysia, as Malaysia's incentive for hybrid vehicles is only limited to locally-assembled models.
Toyota Motor Thailand is expected to preview the Thailand-assembled C-HR at the upcoming 2017 Thailand International Motor Expo, which opens on 30-November. Apart from Malaysia, the Thailand-assembled C-HR will also be exported to Indonesia and Singapore.