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Fashionable Toyota CH-R receives a nip & tuck, safety features

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Toyota's stylish crossover, the CH-R, has received a host of styling and safety updates. While subtle, the changes to the aesthetic of the already striking offering now gives it a slightly fresher, more up-to-date look.

Up front, it's been given a new headlamp design, with integrated LED lighting and DRLs. Sequential indicators have also been added to give it a more dynamic look while on the move. At the rear, the taillamps have received a similar treatment - the LED units are now darker than before, with a tasteful smoked effect being applied to the lenses.

A refreshed colour palette has also been added, with a number of colours (including the Cosmic Blue pictured) now available.

But it's on the safety front where Toyota has made the most improvements. Already a comprehensively equipped car in terms of occupant protection, the Japanese car maker has gone even further to make it safer. Toyota Safety Sense (their name for an active safety system) has been upgraded, now offering all-speed adaptive cruise control. This allows the vehicle to slow down or speed up, depending on the surrounding traffic conditions.

Furthermore, a Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beam, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Blind Spot Monitoring system are all included. Most interesting is the Lane Trace Assist System. Toyota notes that, like other lane-keeping systems, it will help the CH-R avoid "unplanned lane departure." However, it will also assist with centring the vehicle within a chosen lane, while following the direction of the road. Not too long ago, this technology was reserved for the most expensive luxury sedans.

As for the powertrain, it remains unchanged. And that's no problem. It's powered by the same 1.2-litre turbopetrol found in the Corolla Hatch, With 85 kW and 185 Nm of torque, it has more than enough motivation to keep up with traffic easily. Fuel consumption is remarkable, with a claimed 6.3 L/100 km (6.4 L for the CVT-equipped models).

The range-topping Luxury model lives up to its trim level, with a full suite of premium features. Heated leather seats, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and push-button start, park distance control and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto all form part of the standard spec.

Toyota also offers the Connect WiFi system, with 15GB included.

All CH-R models come with a six service/90 000 km service plan and three-year/100 000 km warranty.

Toyota CH-R pricing:

CH-R 1.2T - R402 300

CH-R 1.2T Plus - R436 300

CH-R 1.2T Plus CVT - R449 300

CH-R 1.2T Luxury CVT - R519 900

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