Running model-year changes bring upgraded infotainment system to brand's smallest crossover, though it won't be reflected in Australia... for now.

Toyota USA has announced a handful of upgrades for the C-HR crossover for 2019, headlined by a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay.

Fitted as standard across the line-up, the new 8.0-inch media unit introduces the aforementioned smartphone mirroring technologies, and appears to feature the new interface seen in other Toyota models like the Camry and Corolla.

Higher-grade models can equip satellite navigation as part of the higher-spec Entune 3.0 infotainment system.

The US-market C-HR has also seen the introduction of a new range structure with enhanced equipment levels, despite a drop in price.

For 2019 the C-HR is available in LE, XLE and Limited variants, with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, auto-folding side mirrors, keyless entry and push-button start now fitted as standard on the mid-spec XLE.

With a starting price of US$20,995 ($29,566.04), the 2019 C-HR kicks off $1505 lower than the previous model year in the US.

Unlike Australian-delivered models, the US-spec C-HR is powered by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine putting out 144hp (107kW) at 6100rpm, and 139lb-ft (188Nm) at 3900rpm, sending drive to the front wheels exclusively via a CVT automatic.

That compares to the 85kW/185Nm 1.2-litre turbo four offered as the sole powertrain in Australian versions.

It appears the US will continue to miss out on the hybrid version offered in Japan and Europe for the time being.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Toyota's local division issued the following statement regarding the introduction of Apple CarPlay and hybrid power to Australian C-HR models:

"We don’t have any updates on the local C-HR at this time, any potential announcements will be made in due course."

Stay tuned for all the latest.