TOYOTA pulled the wraps off a new version of its CH-R hybrid at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new version is called the Hy-Power concept.
Based on the regular C-HR Hybrid crossover, the Hy-Power concept has been reworked by a team from Toyota’s European design studio ED2 to appeal to owners who demand more driving performance.
While a traditional form of hybridisation will still be available on the model, this additional version kicks things up a gear.
There will be more power
Toyota hasn’t specified just how much more powerful the Hy-Power concept is than the regular C-HR, but has said it was “designed around the use of a new hybrid powertrain that offers more power and performance than the 120bhp system featured in the current production Toyota C-HR”.
Eye-catching style to match performance
With its dramatic lines and athletic stance, the C-HR has always been a rather striking car to look at.
The Hy-Power concept is even more eye-catching, thanks to a contrasting orange roof with diamond-shaped patterning.
This same colour also features on the front pillars, the door mirror housings and an accent bar within the headlamp units.
It’s inspired by diamonds
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the inspiration for the Hy-Power concept’s Dark Carbon silver exterior paintwork came from the “natural forces that turn carbon into diamonds and the way in which solid rock can conceal a fiery, molten core”.
Vivid colour choices
That contrasting colour scheme continues inside the new C-HR, combining black upholstery and trim with Burning Orange details and contrast stitching.
The highlight trim, which is normally a dark blue colour in the regular C-HR, has also been resprayed in the same vivid shade of orange.
More powertrains could be on the way
The addition of a new powertrain for the CH-R suggests that Toyota may be looking to also expand its engine offering on other core models.
As a brand which has always tried to be at the forefront of more efficient powertrains, it’s unlikely they’ll let competitor brands overtake them in this arena.