New sport-themed trim levels and sporty accessories launched in Japan – though it's unlikely we'll see them here.
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Toyota Japan has shown off a new range of GR Sport add-ons for the updated C-HR crossover, though it appears at this stage these accessories will only be available in the Japanese domestic market.

Available as both single-item options or as a sport-themed trim level, the C-HR GR Sport range brings a wealth of performance-inspired cosmetic, trim and mechanical upgrades, available on both turbo petrol and petrol-electric hybrid versions of the company's little crossover.

These include a bodykit with 'GR Sport' badging, larger alloy wheels and brakes, a stainless steel "dress-up" muffler set with quad tips, a centre brace for improved rigidity, a sports steering wheel lifted from the 86 sports car, adjustments to the suspension and steering for more focused handling, along with sports seats in cloth/suede combination trim.

Despite the racy looks, there doesn't appear to be any changes to the JDM C-HR's powertrain range, comprising of a 1.2-litre turbocharged four making 85kW and 185Nm, available with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic, along with a 1.8-litre hybrid pairing a 72kW/142Nm petrol engine with a 53kW/163Nm electric motor.

The hybrid sends drive exclusively to the front wheels, while the 1.2-litre petrol can be had with front- and all-wheel drive.

Pricing in Japan starts at ¥2,732,000 ($36,682) for the ST GR Sport with the 1.2-litre turbo petrol and manual transmission.

Australia

Given overseas reports indicate the C-HR GR Sport and GR Sport accessories are limited to the Japanese market, don't expect to see these available in Australia anytime soon.

Speaking with CarAdvice, a spokesperson for Toyota Australia said: "At this stage it is not immediately on our radar, in a similar way to the TRD Camry or the Corolla GR Sport available overseas".

"We would not rule it out, however, our current focus remains on vehicles with a significant level of performance improvement as a priority. We will study the introduction of vehicles with cosmetic and handling related changes as a secondary priority at this stage."

The facelifted C-HR range is earmarked for a December release, and will offer hybrid power for the first time in Australia.

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