Toyota Enters China’s EV Arena With Two Battery Electric C-HRs

Toyota has arrived in Shanghai with not one but two all-electric versions of the C-HR that will be produced by the company’s local GAC-Toyota and FAW-Toyota joint ventures.

The new C-HR and its sibling IZOA will be the first Toyotas to be offered with a battery electric powertrain in the world’s biggest car market, starting from 2020.

Toyota didn’t mention any technical details of the C-HR EV but released a short video that shows the battery pack mounted on the floor and an electric motor positioned under the hood powering the front axle alone.

The electric versions of the Toyota C-HR will also get a fully digital instrument display and a new “gear” selector instead of the one you’ll find in the ICE-powered versions. Exterior details include a new front fascia with a small cutout in place of a traditional grille and smaller wheels/tires to reduce rolling resistance for a longer driving range.

Alongside the new C-HR and IZOA EVs, Toyota also brought the hybrid versions of the RAV4 and Alphard/Vellfire at Shanghai for their Chinese debut, as well as the rather futuristic-looking Rhombus concept. The Rhombus also employs a battery-electric powetrain and features an innovative cabin that fits four passengers and positions the driver in the middle.

Toyota is planning to introduce more than 10 battery-electric vehicles in China, including the aforementioned C-HR and IZOA, by 2025. The Japanese company’s target is to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles globally by 2030.

 

 

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  • Sébastien

    So those are not “self charging” ??? Oooh must be disappointing for Toyota

  • Boris

    Finally the best manufacturer and leader of automotive is in the EV!

  • Liam Paul

    couple more ugly japanese suvs . I look forward to the day the Koreans over take the ugly offerings from japanese car companies in sales, yes in style that happen a long time ago.

    • no25

      lol you speak out of your butt a lot, don’t you?

  • Dennis Scipio

    I wonder if the C-HR ev will preview a facelifted gasoline/hybrid model with a similar front end. It does look nicer than that model.

  • Ary Wisesa

    That Toyota Rhombus concept is really interesting.

  • Stephen G

    Is it just me or are the C-HR and the IZOA the same car in different colors?

    • ME

      I believe so. This is another nail in the coffin for the Prius brand.

  • THE INTERIOR LOOKS LIKE A NICE PLACE TO SPEND TIME UNFORTUNATELY YOU HAVE TO WALK UP TO IT. IT’S GOT SOME NISSAN AND HONDA DESIGN CUES THEN THROW IN SOME OF THIS AND SOME OF THAT.

  • Astonman

    Something about this design I’ve always liked. Sporty looking. Saw a bunch of these in the ICE version in Ireland recently.

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