A first official view of the upcoming 2017 Toyota C-HR's interior has been revealed this week, along with confirmation of new details ahead of its Australian launch early next year.
Set to take on the likes of the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 when it goes on sale in 2017, the C-HR promises to blaze a new path toward a more sporting look for the Toyota brand - thanks, in large part, to the emotion-driven direction of its president, Akio Toyoda.
The C-HR's global unveiling in February revealed the extent to which its concept progenitor's sharp lines would make the leap to production, but the company had yet to reveal its final interior design.
As these images show, the cabin of the new C-HR does away with the more conventional interior designs of Toyotas past, sporting a new driver-focused cockpit that features futuristic cues likely inspired by the new Prius.
Australia-bound C-HR models will feature a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that sits atop the centre stack like a tablet - similar to what we’ve seen from various European brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz - keeping the display around driver’s eye level and freeing up room in the centre console.
The predominantly-black interior in the images is contrasted by a bright blue strip that extends from the arm rest on the front doors and over the dashboard, framing the central infotainment screen. Australian models, however, will feature a ‘cool-grey’ insert instead.
Switchgear on the centre console is oriented towards the driver as part of an asymmetrical design that Toyota says ensures that all controls are within easy reach.
Piano-black trim adorns the dashboard, doors, transmission tunnel and steering wheel, while blue lighting illuminates the car’s buttons and instrument cluster.
A diamond theme is present throughout the interior to reflect the “diamond motif” of the C-HR’s exterior design - from the shapes of the switches, to the diamond-patterned door trim, right down to the needles of the driver’s instrument dials - all have diamond-shaped elements.
Kazuhiko Isawa, chief designer of the C-HR, said that the overall design of the C-HR is to maintain a dynamic look and feel inside and out.
“We’re not trying to make an SUV that’s dynamic; rather a dynamic vehicle with SUV-like properties,” he said.
Adding to the interior reveal, Toyota has released some new details about its new SUV, which the company says is “positioned between the Corolla hatch and RAV4” - which also hints at the possible price positioning of the C-HR.
The Japanese car maker has confirmed that Australian C-HRs will feature advanced safety systems such as pre-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam and a reversing camera - however, it is unclear whether these features will be standard across the range or reserved for higher-spec variants.
Other available features confirmed by Toyota include heated seats, keyless entry and start, privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels and two-tone metallic paint.
Australian C-HR models will be powered by a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 85kW of power and 185Nm of torque.
The new small SUV will be available with both a six-speed manual and continuously-variable automatic transmissions, in front- or all-wheel drive configuration.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more details about the new Toyota C-HR in the lead-up to its local launch early next year.