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Toyota expands C-HR lineup in both directions

by Ronan Glon

Buyers will have two new trim levels to choose from for 2019.

Toyota is making minor changes to the C-HR, its entry-level crossover. The model receives two new trim levels for 2019.

The first new trim slots at the very bottom of the C-HR lineup. Named LE, the entry-level variant starts under the $22,000 mark, according to CarsDirect. That makes it $1,505 more expensive than the XLE, the previous entry-level model.

The LE model comes with 17-inch steel wheels covered by plastic hubcaps and it's not available with a two-tone paint job. In comparison, the XLE boasts 18-inch alloys and buyers can order the roof in black or white. Also, the C-HR LE isn't offered with blind spot detection technology.

At the other end of the spectrum, Toyota added a range-topping trim called Limited. It's positioned above the XLE Premium and it starts at $27,045. It comes with black or brown leather upholstery, an upgraded infotainment system, seat back pockets, and a handful of trim-specific accents outside. Selecting the Limited trim also gives buyers access to options like rain-sensing wipers and he Entune 3.0 Premium infotainment system.

The big news inside regardless of trim level is that the C-HR will gain Apple CarPlay compatibility in 2019. Toyota currently has no plans to offer Android Auto compatibility.

The 2019 Toyota C-HR will reach showrooms in the coming months.