Trevor Collett | Jun 28, 2016

Toyota has given customers a preview of the interior for its new compact SUV, the C-HR, due to arrive in Australia next year.

As with the rest of the C-HR package, the interior is a step away from what Toyota customers may expect from the brand and is described by the carmaker as “a new direction”.

"That newness comes from SUV robustness and strength. But we're not trying to make an SUV that's dynamic; rather, a dynamic vehicle with SUV-like properties," C-HR chief designer, Kazuhiko Isawa, said.

Company president Akio Toyoda has previously outlined his desire to see “greater stylistic freedom” in Toyota’s products, and the C-HR is said to be an early example of this.

The interior features piano black and satin silver finishes, switchgear skewed toward the driver and a 6.1-inch touchscreen that sits proud of the dash, rather than within it.

Toyota says designers focused heavily on the touch, shape, colour and even the blue illumination of the interior controls. Designers also went for a new two-tiered seat design.

Blue also features across the dash and door trims in Europe, but Australian customers will get ‘Cool Grey’ inserts instead.

Safety features include a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering control, automatic high-beam and a reversing camera.

The options list in Australia will feature heated seats, a smart entry and start system, privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels and bi-tone metallic paintwork.

Toyota announced earlier this year that the C-HR will be powered by a new 85kW/185Nm 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine, matched with either a six-speed manual of CVT automatic transmissions. Both front- and all-wheel-drive models will be on offer.

The 2017 Toyota C-HR is due to arrive early next year - stay tuned to TMR for more.

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