Toyota C-HR Hybrid: Hy-Power concept unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

TOYOTA pulled the wraps off a new version of its CH-R hybrid at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Toyota C-HR Hybrid unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

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”.

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The Hy-Power concept has been reworked by a team from Toyota’s European design studio

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.

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The Hy-Power concept is even more eye-catching than previous models

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.

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The CH-R will see the addition of a new powertrain

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.

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