Toyota's C-HR - an SUV with striking coupe-like styling, engaging driving dynamics and advanced cabin quality - will launch in Australia in February 2017.
Toyota executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb, said the C-HR is designed to stand out within the Toyota line-up and in its segment.
"C-HR takes a fresh approach with its extroverted design, powerful yet fuel-efficient turbocharged petrol engine and dynamics that reward driving enthusiasts," Mr Cramb said.
"It’s proof of Toyota’s determination to encourage stylistic freedom and engineering creativity in order to achieve eye-catching designs and enhanced driving pleasure," he said.
The C-HR reaps the benefits of being constructed on the highly rigid Toyota New Global Architecture-based platform (TNGA).
“The GA-C platform allows for a low centre of gravity, which results in an engaging drive experience, outstanding handling and agility, and strictly controlled body roll.”
C-HR will be the first Toyota vehicle in Australia with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
"This engine is tuned to deliver exactly the fluent, engaging driving behaviour that C-HR customers demand.
"It offers performance equal to a much larger engine, but with lower fuel consumption and emissions."
Turbocharging elicits engaging responsiveness and acceleration with peak torque of 185Nm available from just 1,500rpm all the way to 4,000rpm.
TNGA allows the C-HR engine to be placed low and angled slightly rearward, helping designers secure a low bonnet line as also creating a low centre of gravity.
On front-drive variants, the turbo engine can be mated to another new system - C-HR's intelligent manual transmission. It automatically increases the engine revs when moving down gears to ensure smooth shifts. The system also works when shifting up, improving driver and passenger comfort by reducing clutch shock.
All variants, including all-wheel-drive models, can be driven through Toyota's continuously variable transmission, which offers two modes - fully automatic with seamless shifting or a sequential seven-speed Sport mode.
Reflecting the demands of its target customer, the Toyota C-HR will be offered in Australia with two highly equipped premium grades.
Advanced driver assist safety features will be standard, including a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering control, automatic high beam and a reversing camera.
Top-of-the range customers will be able to specify heated seats, a smart entry and start system, privacy glass, leather-accented upholstery and 18-inch alloy wheels.