If you’re hoping for a Toyota C-HR with all-wheel drive, sorry, the Japanese automaker still has no plans for that. However, the 2021 model brings something more to the table in order to please those wishing for some extra flair.
Similar to many other Toyota models, the C-HR adds a Nightshade Edition available in a limited number of units and starting at $27,710. It’s on sale now across Canada just like the rest of the lineup.
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The 18-inch alloy wheels, door handles, mirror caps and exterior badges are all finished in black. A black chin spoiler and black fabric seats are part of the mix, too. For maximum effect, opt for a Black Sand Pearl body (the other colour choices with this model are Blizzard Pearl, Supersonic Red and Magnetic Grey).
Standard equipment on the 2021 Toyota C-HR (MSRP from $23,750) once again includes 17-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-inch audio display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of advanced driver assistance features.
Under the hood, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine generates 144 horsepower and achieves 8.1 L/100 km in combined city-highway driving.
The mid-level XLE Premium ($26,250) adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a Smart Key System with push-button start, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Finally, the C-HR Limited ($28,850) stands out with premium LED headlamps featuring an Adaptive Front Lighting system, unique sporty 18-inch wheels, leather seat cladding, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, ambient lighting and Safety Connect with a one-year trial.
Will the Nightshade Edition be enough to keep up with other small crossovers on the market? We’ll see. Right now, Canada’s favourite is by far the Nissan Kicks. The Kia Soul is a better seller, too. And it’s just a matter of weeks until the all-new Hyundai Venue passes the C-HR.