Toyota drops C-HR Hy-Power Concept in Frankfurt
Toyota unveils C-HR Hy-Power Concept in Frankfurt, reaffirms its commitment to hybrid powertrains.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is in full swing and an unveiling by Toyota at the event reaffirms the Japanese manufacturer’s commitment to hybrid technology.
Australia’s number one selling car brand has declared that more of its future models will be offered with hybrid powertrains, including the recently-launched C-HR crossover.
To champion this fact, Toyota showed off its C-HR Hy-Power Concept, a car that Toyota says explores a more performance-focused hybrid powertrain, as well as new ideas in colour, texture and trim.
Despite the name, Toyota hasn’t yet revealed any performance figures for the C-HR Hy-Power Concept. In Australia, the standard C-HR tops out at 85kW and 185Nm with the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. However, this concept will make use of a “new hybrid powertrain that offers more power and performance than the 90kW combined system output featured in Prius and European versions of the C-HR”, according to Toyota.
As the performance leader in the range, the C-HR Hy-Power could produce around 100kW. Not a great deal to get excited, but an improvement over what’s currently on offer nonetheless.
Toyota says it will reveal more details about the “significant and strategic future development of higher performance hybrid options” early in 2018.
The C-HR Hy-Power Concept was created Toyota’s European design studio, ED2. They say the idea behind it was to “develop the styling of the compact SUV to connect even more strongly with customers who have highly individual tastes and lifestyles, emphasising its stylishness and fun-to-drive character”.
Riding on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, perhaps the most noticeable feature of the concept is its funky red roof. There’s also diamond-themed orange highlights, black and dark chrome accents, and a satin grey finish.