Crossover could have approximately 178 hp.

Toyota C-HR lead engineer Hiro Koba has revealed the company is considering a high-performance variant to battle the Nissan Juke Nismo.

In an interview with Autocar, Koba said the high-performance variant hasn't been approved for production but he's "pushing to make such a car." Koba isn't alone in his passion for a hotter C-HR as Toyota Motor Europe Senior Manager Rembert Serrus said a "sports version would make a lot of sense" but it "depends on how much we have to change."

Little is known about the high-performance model but the magazine is reporting a race-prep C-HR will compete at the Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race next month and Toyota will be watching the reaction to the model.  The report goes on to say the road-going variant could use a similar engine to the race car which has a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that produces approximately 178 horsepower.

As a refresher, the Toyota C-HR was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and is designed to give the company a "powerful new presence in the crossover market."  The model rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture and can be equipped with a variety of different engines including a turbocharged 1.2-liter, a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter, and a hybridized 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a combined output of 122 horsepower.

Source: Autocar

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