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Toyota C-HR 2017: How do I change the language in my car?

Asked by Sweta

I just bought a 2017 Toyota C-HR Hybrid 1.8L from Japan and I want to change the language from Japanese to English on the head unit, as well as the voice command. How can I do this?

Answered by CarsGuide

21 Dec 2019 David Morley

I’ll assume you had a good poke around the various settings menus before contacting us, Sweta, so I’ll skip that part of the advice. But from what I can gather, your privately-imported car may not actually have the functionality to switch to an English-language format.

Different markets have different specifications for this and sometimes the same vehicle can be built in two (or more) different factories around the world. Certainly, if the car you own had been destined for a market outside Japan, it would have had multi-lingual abilities. But, if it was only ever destined for the Japanese home market, there’s a big chance it only has Japanese programmed into it.

If that’s the case, you might find you need to change the entire head unit. That might be wise anyway, as some Japanese radio stations operate on a wave-length that isn’t used in Australia. Basically, this is another of the pitfalls of parallel-imported cars.

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