New reports emerging out of China claim that the first specialized electric car from Toyota, the C-HR EV from the GAC-Toyota joint venture will go on sale in the local market late next month.
GAC-Toyota had showcased a final-spec version at the Shanghai Auto Show 2019. Beginning with the Chinese debut of the electrified C-HR and IZOA (a mechanical twin of the C-HR from the second Chinese Toyota joint venture company), Toyota expects to bring out more than ten BEV models worldwide by 2025, with a sales target of 5.5+ million electrified vehicles globally by 2030. Toyota is investing significant amounts to prepare production lines for electric vehicles from both Chinese joint ventures.
Images of the production-spec Toyota C-HR electric were released by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology late last year that revealed the model up close. One can instantly spot the unique closed front-end, drawn-out pockets on the bumpers, the lack of an exhaust tip, and the blue-tinged badges that visually set apart the electric car.
Gleaning from Chinese media reports, the GAC Toyota C-HR electric is installed with a 204 hp powertrain that is powered by an unspecified Lithium-Ion battery pack. Toyota is yet to announce the technical details of the car, and we’ll keep a close eye on this vehicle that is likely to stay within Chinese borders for the foreseeable future.
Toyota Electric Car for India would be a smaller & simpler model
Prototypes of the Toyota C-HR Hybrid were spotted running test plates in Bengaluru first in 2018 fueling reports of the global crossover’s Indian launch.
Toyota is understood to have shelved plans to introduce the C-HR in India due to the high manufacturing cost of the vehicle. The company has firmed up plans for model and platform sharing with Maruti Suzuki and may not bring down the costly TNGA platform on which the C-HR is based. TKM does not clarify on the C-HR, and these observations are made from what reliable Indian media outlets have reported as well as what industry sources inform us. It is also to be noted that the first generation C-HR has a sloping roof design that restricts headroom, a factor that would not go down well with the Indian consumers who love rear seat comfort.
The test prototype, it was then heard, is registered to a German parts supplier that runs a Bengaluru office, and was shipped to analyse component performance in the real world.
The likelihoods of Toyota introducing the C-HR electric in India are slim as the company is developing EVs for the coming decade on the well-localized Maruti Heartect platform that serves the mass market segment.