Toyota has dropped a heavy hint that its C-HR compact SUV is about to get a new type of hybrid treatment.
A new concept, called the “C-HR Hy-Power”, will be on display at the fast-approaching Frankfurt Motor Show - teased for the first time in a single official image (top of page).
Toyota already offers a C-HR Hybrid overseas, but rumours (and the concept’s name) suggest this new concept could take the powertrain to a new level.
Whether this means the existing Prius-supplied powerplant will be ramped up, or Toyota is about to introduce an all-new hybrid system, is probably a question for the floors of Frankfurt.
Also in the ‘maybe’ pile is whether the concept previews a future road-going model - perhaps a C-HR with a performance slant - and whether other models in the Toyota fleet will get the same hybrid system.
Currently, customers in Australia are offered the C-HR with either manual or CVT automatic transmissions, matched with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive (CVT only).
But the only engine choice is a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine making 85kW and 185Nm. A new hybrid variant could add a second powerplant option to the C-HR stables locally, should it built in right-hand-drive, but much paperwork would need to be completed before such an idea came to fruition.
The timing for the C-HR Hy-Power is no accident, with Toyota celebrating 20 years since the first-generation Prius went on sale in Japan.
Alongside the C-HR Hy-Power in Frankfurt will be the updated LandCruiser Prado, along with something Toyota describes as a look at ‘65 years of heritage and QDR (quality, durability and reliability) leadership’.
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