You can’t accuse Toyota of being boring. This is particularly true when it unveiled its new Toyota C-HR at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Its design was both innovative and stunning, and was a definitive cross between a coupe and a SUV. Well, that is what its name really means, as C-HR stands for Coupe-High Rider.
Barely a month after commencing sales of the new Toyota C-HR in Japan, the carmaker is showcasing a pair of new C-HR compact crossovers at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, both dressed by Toyota’s in-house performance and racing tuner, Toyota Racing Development or simply known as TRD. To note, this was not the first time that an in-house tuner at Toyota gave the C-HR a new perspective. If you could remember, Modellista, Toyota’s design division also unveiled new body kits for the new Toyota C-HR crossover -- the “Elegant Ice Style” and “Boost Impulse Style” packages. These packages bring out the elegant and chic character of the new Toyota C-HR.
Of course, TRD won’t be silent regarding Toyota’s latest creation. Just like Modellista, TRD is also offering two styling kits for the C-HR, both aimed at making the crossover look more aggressive and dynamic on the road. These two distinct styling kits -- the “Extreme Style” and “Aggressive Style” design packages – don’t touch the power setup for the new Toyota C-HR. What all these body kits accomplished was to make the new C-HR look more menacing, although the compact crossover already sports an aggressive appearance.
As displayed at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Toyota C-HRs wrapped in TRD’s Aggressive Style (white small crossover and Extreme Style (yellow) do look astonishing. Both the yellow and white TRD body kits come with a massive front fascia as well as large side sills – all making these C-HR versions appear lower than usual. The Aggressive Style C-HR by TRD features a front bumper garnish and front lip spoiler with LED units – all of these are made from Polyphenyl Ether (PPE plastic resin) that is known for its outstanding dimensional stability and mechanical strength.
The TRD Aggressive Style body kit also includes side skirt, rear trunk spoiler and rear bumper spoiler, all of which are also made from PPE. This body kit also includes TRD TF6 18-inch alloy wheel and nut set in Black Mica finish. On the other hand, the Extreme Style kit features a black front bumper garnish as well as menacing black over fenders – all made from PPE. In addition, the Extreme Style kit features TRD TF6 18-inch alloy wheel and nut set (in Black Mica finish), a rear trunk spoiler and red mud flaps.
Toyota is set to commence sales of the new C-HR in other markets outside of Japan (Europe and North America) in spring 2017, although it remains unknown whether these body kits would also be offered.