Toyota has waved its magic GR racing wand over the striking C-HR SUV to create a stylish sports version.

Priced from $37,665, it’s the first model in Australia to receive the GR Sport makeover, inspired by Toyota’s performance-focused GR models.

Based on the front-drive GXL grade, it adds a 90kW hybrid powertrain as well as dynamic design elements, sportier suspension and larger 19-inch alloys.

The front design incorporates a more powerful look with a squared front bumper featuring an aerodynamic lip, bold lower grille, thick horizontal bar and revised fog lamp bezels that sit lower than the standard model.

Sporty upgrades extend to exclusive 19-inch dark smoked alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres, high-grade LED lighting front and rear, and piano black finish for the rear lip spoiler, mirror caps and door garnishes.

The striking exterior is completed by white brake callipers with GR logos on the front, and GR emblems at the front, side, and rear.

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Toyota C-HR GR Sport.

C-HR GR Sport adopts sharper driving dynamics with revised suspension components that lower the car by 15mm.

It also sits 12mm closer to the ground.

Shocks, springs and stabiliser bars have been tuned to improve body control.

A new centre brace boosts body rigidity and contributes to a more direct steering response.

The sporty theme continues in the cabin with body-hugging black leather-accented front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dark silver highlights around the instrument panel and door garnishes.

There’s also piano black surrounds for the centre console and power-window switches, and a GR-branded ignition button.

Toyota’s Sean Hanley said the C-HR GR Sport delivers an even more compelling, youthful and spirited appeal.

“GR Sport brings an exciting new flavour to our GR brand, offering distinctive styling and dynamic enhancements that are inspired by the outright performance of our thoroughbred GR Yaris and GR Supra,” he said.

C-HR GR Sport will be available in five colours plus the $450 option of a black roof with three of them: Crystal Pearl, Hornet Yellow or Feverish Red.

Services are capped at $200 per service with 12-month/15,000km intervals.

 

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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