Toyota’s performance revolution continues to take shape, with international reports today confirming that the C-HR will follow the Corolla in getting the go-fast GR treatment.
The delay, then, is likely due to Toyota waiting for the new generation of the C-HR (earmarked for 2021-2022) with the current-gen vehicle launching in Australia three years ago, in 2017.
But while the timing, or the reason for it, remains a mystery, the powertrain doesn’t, with the C-HR GR to be on the receiving end of the mighty Yaris’ engine and AWD system.
That means a 1.6-litre turbocharged, three-cylinder engine (the most powerful three-pot in the world, no less), that will produce 200kW and 370Nm. Expect that power to be funnelled through a manual or, by then, an automatic gearbox, and sent to all four wheels via the same AWD system as the Yaris GR.
How do we know? Because the Yaris GR’s chief engineer, Naohiko Saito, told us so at the launch of the brand’s first hot hatch in years, saying it would be “wasting time” for that engine to only be used in the one GR model.
“It’s wasting time to use a four-wheel-drive system and this 1.6-litre engine (for one car). Personally, I’d like to use this powertrain for each of the other (GR) models,” he told CarsGuide at the launch of the GR Yaris in Portugal.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineFebruary 13, 2020 9:01 am