Toyota C-HR gets TRD makeover for Tokyo Auto Salon


What kind of topsy-turvy world are we living in when the most boldly designed, visually-exciting car from Toyota is a 1.2-litre compact SUV?

To cap off a 2016 that has already delivered plenty of surprises, here’s one more courtesy of Toyota’s tuning arm TRD – a plethora of add-on body bits for the C-HR that actually, dare we say it, inject some real brawn into the little SUV’s already adventurous shape.

TRD-Toyota -CH-R-SUV-rear -sideRevealed ahead of their first public showing at next month’s Tokyo Auto Salon, TRD’s C-HR offerings encompass two different bodykits, the “Aggressive Style” and the “Extreme Style”. The names say it all.

TRD-Toyota -CH-R-SUV-Aero -dyanmics -controlThe Aggressive Style kit features catseye-scraping bumper lip extensions, body-colour sideskirts, front bumper blackout sections, gunmetal alloy wheels, a rooftop spoiler and a cheeky ducktail spoiler on the tailgate.

TRD-Toyota -CH-R-SUV-Aero -dyanmics -controlMeanwhile, the Extreme Style bodykit takes the same double-wing arrangement as the Aggressive Style and combines it with a more subtle front bumper lip extension, massive black plastic overfenders and a set of TRD-branded rally-spec mudflaps.

TRD-Toyota -CH-R-SUV-front -grilleThere are no genuine performance-enhancing upgrades, though accessories like TRD-branded door handle protectors, ignition switches and chassis bars are also debuting at Tokyo Auto Salon.

TRD-Toyota -CH-R-SUV-rearTwo other bodykits will be offered in Japan under Toyota’s Modellista accessories sub-brand, with even lower-hanging bumper extensions and skirts than the TRD kit.

The regular Toyota C-HR range is due to launch in Australia in February 2017, however there’s no clarity on whether these TRD kits will be available for local fitment.

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